Abuja - The Katsina State First Lady, Fatima
Shema, has urged women to shun violence but pursue peace in the forthcoming general elections.
She specifically called on them to use their positions as mothers to caution their children and wards not to engage in thuggery and other related activities during the polls, which are likely to be a tense contest.
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She made the call on Tuesday during the distribution of N102 million to women by the state's Ministry for Women Affairs.
Fatima, wife of Governor, Ibrahim Shema, said women had a vital role to play as the state and country in general prepares for next year's polls.
"Such roles include voting for quality leaders at all levels that would promote women interests," she said.
Shema said peace, stability and harmony were vital for any nation's development.
She said women had a responsibility to promote same among their families, friends and neighbours.
She meanwhile called on beneficiaries of funds the Ministry for Women Affairs distributed to ensure judicious use of the money to benefit society.