Abuja - The First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has urged Nigerian women to inculcate the fear of God in their children to make them respectable and useful citizens.
She spoke on Sunday in Abuja at the National Muslim Women Town Hall Meeting, under the theme "Violence Free Election, the Role of Muslim Women".
The First Lady, stressed the need for women to preach peace as critical ingredient of national development and advancement of families.
She said that women are the most vulnerable, during breakdown of law and order, saying that they should do everything to monitor the actions and movements of their wards to avert electoral violence.
"We should not allow peddlers of violence and discord to have their way, we must ensure peace in our churches, mosques and homes."
She restated her commitment to the emancipation of women and their continued involvement in issues of governance at the highest level.
She appealed to Nigerian women to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan and all PDP candidates in the coming elections in return for placing them in high positions in all sectors.
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In his remarks, the guest speaker, Ustaz Bashir Mundi held that Nigerians identified peace and unity as key issues in the country’s growth and development.
Mundi stressed the significance of spreading peace messages by women in ensuring stability for Nigeria at critical period of the forthcoming elections.
"Your role is to speak out against violence always, by maintaining the paradigm of peace and by championing peace and unity of the country.
"It is in your interest to continue to speak and promote peace, because when there is violence, you are the greatest victims.’’
The meeting, which had been held in five other geopolitical zones of the county, was the sixth in the series.
It was organised by the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Tahir Umar.
The wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Amina Sambo, the FCT Minister’s wife, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed and wives of service chiefs also participated in the event.