How to protect, promote women and girl-child rights – Atiku

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has proposed a number of ways to protect and promote the rights of women and the girl-child in Nigeria.

Atiku Abubakar spoke at the public presentation/launching of a book, “Re-thinking The Legal Framework for Rights of Women and Girl-child in Nigeria,” in honour of the founder, Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar.

The former vice president, who is also a presidential aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) listed the ways to protect and promote the rights of women and the girl-child to include free compulsory basic education for all children under 18 years of age, to be funded by the states and local governments with support of the Federal Government; public health efforts to reduce the rate of maternal and child mortality; institution of a well-funded welfare system, combating sexual violence against women by encouraging them to speak out about sexual violence and other violations of their rights and prevention of all forms of child abuse such as child labour, child marriage and child abandonment.
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Atiku condemned the poor educational, health and social situation of women and the girl-child in our society and criticized the lack of opportunities available to the girl-child.

He, however, commended the effort and foresight of the founder of WOTCLEF and the team that made the endeavour a success.

According to Atiku Abubakar, “educating girls is vital to society because girls who acquire education tend to become better mothers, and tend to have fewer, healthier and well-looked after children.”

He described as “very poor and embarrassing, the 2012 Gender in Nigeria report which placed Nigeria at 118 out of the 134 countries in gender equality index stating that the report shows that we are not treating our women and girls well”.

He called on all and sundry as well as state and national authorities to do all in their power to redress the situation by complementing the efforts.
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Speaking at the event, a representative of NAPTIP, Abdulrahim Shaibu, a director, disclosed that the organization has rescued more than 6,000 trafficked women and children and achieved the conviction of 258 traffickers since the agency came into being.

He praised the role of Mrs. Titi Abubakar in initiating the private bill that led to the enactment of the law that created NAPTIP and criminalized child and women trafficking in the country.


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  • Otile

    I thought VP Atiku was a true Muslim. The women militancy he is advocating here is contrary to what is written in the holy Qur-an. Is the VP leaving Islam or what? I hope he realizes that leaving Islam or watering down the word of the Prophet carries instant death.

    I did not realize that Hajiya Titi Atiku is such a beautiful dame, or is this another woman?

    • Mr. Abdin

      Please don’t make comment on what you are ignorant about, no religion has protection for women like Islam, don’t misquote Atiku he only talked about the vulnerability of women and the ways to tackled it.

      • George

        WHO IS ATIKU?

        1 underage fucker.
        2., liar
        3., thief
        4 homosexual
        5., pretender

        • sir Oscie

          WHO IS GEORGE?
          A;
          1. Liar.
          2. Abati’s attack dog
          3. pretender
          4. Rapist
          5. pervert
          6. pseudophile.

          • Zirem

            6. Goerge is an empty vessel.

      • Otile

        Islam does not offer that much protection for women. It is written in the holy Qur-an that if a woman commits zinna(adultery) she must be stoned to death immediately. As for her lover, he is home free unless the woman produces 4 eye witnesses who caught them red-hand in bed with their pants off.

        What kind of justice is that? Yeah, produce 4 eye witnesses, let us see.

        • Bidemi Lukman

          I know you are refering to what your pastor teaches you about Islam. Provide an evidence from the Quran (Chapter and verses) to back your claim, else, you are a cronic ignorant relying on your Pastors’ blasphemy

          • Guest_2

            Many thanks Bidemi.

          • Otile

            Don’t thank him for anything. It is doubtful whether he has ever read the holy Qur-an.

          • Guest_2

            You sound silly Otile, please provide us with the references.

          • Otile

            Evidence is of no use to you since you got no knowledge of what we are talking about. Go to an imam near you for explanation, you have been wasting your time going to the mosque all your life.

          • Guest_2

            You’re still playing tricks without providing what you claim to be in the Qur’an. So you confirm what Bidemi mentioned earlier and today is Saturday you can’t reach your pastor for further prove.

          • Bidemi Lukman

            Pastor Otile, the Bible says in John 8:32 ” you
            will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” . It is obvious
            that you and your Pastors lack the truth. You know the truth by seeking
            (research) for the truth. Saying evidence is of no use is equally saying truth is of no use which is against the Bible. We asked you to provide an evidence to back
            your assertion and for days, nothing come out of it. If it were when
            Christainity was ruling the world, what you did was “Heresy” which
            attaracts capital punishment in Christainity.

          • Otile

            Have you read the Qua-ran?

        • Guest_2

          You have no evidence on what your postulating, rather to show people what your religion is all about, full of blackmail, ignorance, liars, and many more. I’m feeling very sorry for Nigeria.

          • Otile

            I am feeling very sorry for Nigeria too for the way Islamic terrorism is punishing the country.

          • Guest_2

            So you confirm to us that you’re either a liar, blind follower or ignorant; because you didn’t provide any evidence yet.

          • Otile

            If I provide evidence will you understand it since you have not read the Qu-ran to know what this is all about?

          • Guest_2

            We are not like you people who are so blind, dumb and deaf. To GOD be the Glory, we memorize it entire and understand its meaning in order to preserve it against evil people like you. My brother next time don’t talk on things you have no knowledge of. May the Almighty GOD protect us against the evils of our souls.

    • Bidemi Lukman

      Just as “heresy” in Chistainity attracts instant death penality.

      • Otile

        In your life time have you seen any person beheaded for heresy by Christians? Before today and tomorrow run out 5 people somewhere in the will be beheaded for apostacy, zinna, or any other un-islamic practices. This is true.

        • Bidemi Lukman

          If you are truthful, research and read about execution of Cayetona Ripoll, Priscillian and Giordano Bruno by Christain for commiting “heresy” Galoleo case was a celebarated case of “heresy” when he calimed the earth is shperical and that it moves which is against the bible description of the earth. Galileo was sentenced to house arrest till the end of his life for denying the allegation. Galileo knew he would be killed and that was why he denied. The problem with you people is that you have a confined knowledge and dont research or read beyond what your pastors tell you.

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  • Mr. Abdin

    The condition of women and children in the polity is very unfortunate and that was why Atiku was calling for their protection in order to see how they can be uplifted. Hajia Has done a good work a woman of passion and the concern for the women folks. That is why you have been commended for you giant strides towards protection of women.

  • sir Oscie

    Behind every successful man is a beautiful woman.
    Well done Titi Atiku Abubakar, Keep up the good job.
    I totally believe all that you have proposed will help protect and promote the rights and education of women and girl-children in Nigeria most especially the northern Nigeria.
    #ANigeriaForAll.

  • abucheadams

    There can’t be a better measure of our governance than the way we treat our women and girl-child and no greater failing on our part than to allow them to be subjected to violence, discrimination, unsafe environment, lack of education, abuse or exploitation.
    Like Atiku said, as a country we are currently not doing enough in that regard. Govt needs to prioritize the rights and issues affecting women and girl-child in this country. I must commend a wonderful mother like Titi for setting up the (WOTCLEF). It has helped save the lives of numerous number of women and girls in this country.
    However, they say charity begins at home. Our fathers, husbands, brother, and sons have the responsibility to respect and protect the rights of every woman and girl-child, too, because when a women thrives, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.

  • Zirem

    I agree, as a country we are not doing enough especially in education. Imagine every child under 18 is given free education, the difference it will make in our communities and the country at large will be immeasurable. Those who will rather send the male child to school due to financial constraints can have their girls go to school. The government should also encourage individual and organisations by given them support by ensuring the enforcement of law that protects the girl child and women.

  • boliatepa

    If people like Atiku didn’t steal so much money, there will be enough to do the things he suggested. How about Atiku reinvesting everything he stole just for this purpose. That would have more impact on the Nigerian society than being president. It would be more noble and praiseworthy than being in politics.

  • the truth

    why this constant patronage on atiku. In a saner world people like this should be locked up. When atiku dances it is front news, atiku hugs obj it is front news, atiku changes his boxers it is front page news. haba premium times try to make it less obvious of atiku’s controlling hands on this paper.