By Ahmed Ubandoma
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has called for increased participation of women in active politics for national development.
Mrs Buhari made the call when she received members of the Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa at the State House, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the organisation was founded in 1963 by a group of wives of Northern Nigeria top government officials with the support of the then Premier of the region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, to raise awareness for women in Northern Nigeria.
The wife of the President, who was appointed as the Grand Patron of the organization, encouraged women to seek elective offices in the country.
She decried the low participation of women in politics, insisting that the only way to have the voices of women heard at the national level was for them to be actively involved in politics.
Mrs Buhari, however, used the opportunity to commend the Federal Government for the ban on production and sale of codeine due to its abuse by some youths.
She assured the delegation of her readiness to support the group in their effort to resuscitate the organisation.
Earlier, the chairperson of the organisation and former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mrs Aisha Sadauki, said that the organisation was at the State House to inform the wife of the President of their intention to revive the 55-year old organisation.
Sadauki also declared the organisation`s support for the Future Assured programme of Mrs Buhari, which aims at improving the life of women and children in Nigeria.
She also informed the wife of the President of their intention to use it as a platform to champion the cause of women in Northern Nigeria.