Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The presidential flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday restated his commitment to empowering Nigerian women.
This is contained in a statement tagged “Special message to Nigerian women”, released in Abuja and signed by Malam Garba Shehu, in commemoration of the International Women's Day.
Shehu is the Director Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Organisation.
According to the statement, Buhari promised to ensure that the rights of Nigerian women are guaranteed as provided by the Nigerian Constitution.
The statement read in part: ''My plan for Nigerian women has been made clear in ‘My Manifesto and Vision for Nigeria.
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''I like to use this special opportunity set aside to celebrate women, to reiterate my personal commitment to the advancement of Nigerian women in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.''
In his Manifesto and Vision for Nigeria document released to the media in December 2014, Buhari had guaranteed that women would be adequately represented in government appointments.
He also promised to provide greater opportunities for females in education, job creation, and economic empowerment.
''Women all over the world are playing an ever increasing role in moving their nations forward both in and outside government."
''In keeping with the times, my government will ensure that Nigerian women are given the opportunity to rise and play an even more prominent role in moving out great nation forward,'' it said.