Abuja - The First Lady, Dame Patience Faka
Jonathan, on Wednesday canvassed for the elimination of harmful widowhood
practices in the country.
The first lady made appeal in Abuja when she received a
delegation of women from Kogi, led by the Governor's wife, Hajia Halima Wada,
during a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa.
She underscored the need to support government programmes
seeking to enhance the well being of women.
Jonathan listed such programmes to include education of
women on family planning, safe motherhood and dangers of early marriage.
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"You must also advocate for the elimination of harmful
widowhood practices,’’ the first lady said.
She charged women to acknowledge their critical roles of
bringing up children to be responsible citizens, saying "remember that
children of today are leaders of tomorrow".
Jonathan also charged women to continue to be peace makers
and bridge builders, adding that no meaningful development can take place when
there is no security of lives and property.
Earlier, Mrs Wada commended the first lady for her
commitment to the liberation of humanity and affection for the less privileged
Wada pledged the support of Kogi women to the transformation
agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.