I’ll have zero tolerance for violence against women — Buhari

The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Muhammudu Buhari, has promised a better future for women and artisans if elected into office.

Speaking at town hall meetings attended by women, artisans and tradesmen, in Lagos, Mr. Buhari said he will implement the 2005 National Gender Policy while also ensuring that gender becomes a component of the federal character which is considered during government appointments.

He said an APC government, under his leadership, has 11 agenda for women.

He pointed out that gender will be mainstreamed throughout all the government’s commitments in key areas such as the economy, education, health, security, good governance, power, agriculture and other areas of national development.

He said he is committed to, “Implementation of the 2005 National Gender Policy, which serves as a roadmap for the promotion of women’s empowerment and gender equality in Nigeria. So far, there has been no political will to implement this very critical framework.

“Promotion of anti-discrimination legislations and policies to afford women equality and equity, especially in employment, education, housing and entrepreneurship. We shall commit ourselves to merit-based Affirmative Actions to level the playing field for women, and provide them with opportunities to be part of decision-making and governance at all levels.
Mr. Buhari also pledged to ensure a woman’s right to own and inherit property on an equal basis with men while also enforcing legal protection for the rights of the girl-child in all areas of religious, social and economic life, protecting her right to dignity, shelter and choice.

He said, “My administration will have zero tolerance for violence against women and girls. We will provide women with greater legal protection from all forms of violence and sexual harassment, and there will be a commitment to the implementation of all existing legislation on violence against women.”

“My vision is for my daughters, and your daughters, to enjoy a world in which discrimination will be a thing of the distant past,” Mr Buhari pledged. “It might be a long journey, but with your support and votes, we will be on the right path together. Nigerian women have been promised so much for so long.”

While speaking at the town hall meeting with artisans and tradesmen at the Blue Roof event centre of the Lagos State Television on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Buhari, promised artisans and tradesmen across Nigeria soft loans with zero per cent interest to improve their businesses if elected president on March 11.

Mr. Buhari, who spoke in an inaudible voice, stated this while answering questions from artisans. He reiterated that the APC would tackle corruption across all sector of the economy which in turn will translate to jobs for artisans. He also promised to provide loans for artisans. The loan, he noted will have no interest rate as his government will bear the burden of the interest.

“Actually, one of the problems identified which has destroyed the economy is the problem of corruption,” he said. “I assure you the APC government will not be corrupt and condone corruption.”

The former military ruler asked the artisans to vote the PDP out of office.

“I want you to reflect on the past the condition of our roads,” he said. “Where is the Nigerian Airways? How much does Nigeria have from that time till now? It is then you will begin to realize how incompetent the PDP has been. It is your duty to vote it out. Vote PDP out.”

When asked of his plans for Lagos state as a former capital of the nation, Mr. Buhari promised to give Lagos state special attention, while stating that the he has seen the good works of the state government with regards to infrastructures and promised to reimburse the state.

“If APC forms the next government, what each state has spent, particularly on infrastructure, compensation will be made available,” he said.

Also speaking at the town hall meeting, the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu urged the artisans to give their support to the party and vote the APC at all levels. He also accused the federal government of closing its eyes to the stealing of crude oil in the Niger-Delta region.

He told the artisans to send the PDP-led government away.

“We have campaigned, we have explained our manifestoes. It’s now left to you to vote us. This is a government that doesn’t give you light, increases tariff, you must send this government away.”

Commenting on the anti-Attahiru Jega rally organized by the Oodua Peoples Congress in the state on Monday, Mr. Tinubu urged the artisans to defend themselves if attacked by the OPC.

“They’ve asked one boy, Gani Adams, to fight posters,” Mr. Tinubu said. “If he fights any of you, you know what to do. You have my endorsement, defend yourself.”


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  • Idodo Widodo

    ANIMAL TALK DON START AGAIN – Dash dem Human Rights

    No be outside Buhari dey
    Na craze man be dat
    Animal in craze-man skin
    Na craze world be dat….

    War against indiscipline, ee-oh
    Na Nigerian government, ee-oh [Buhari & Idiagbon]
    Dem dey talk ee-oh
    “My people are ‘useless’, My people are ‘senseless’, My people are indiscipline”
    Na Nigerian government, ee-oh
    Dem dey talk be dat

    Which kind talk be dat- oh?
    Craze talk be dat ee-oh
    Na animal talk be dat – oh
    Na animal talk be dat – oh

  • Eberechi Ezeh

    How many tongue this man get? abeg make una tell make him slow down#NO2Buhari

    • George

      Don’t mind him just suspicious his first wife slept with IBB he poisoned her and until date he refused to bury the dead woman well.

      • Eberechi Ezeh

        that’s wickedness

  • share Idea

    I said it before that we need this man to attend debate with GEJ. How can he give people loan at zero percent interest. Free mama is no longer possible in this generation. Gradually, people we’ll be seeing the kind of change Buhari is promising gullible voters. Before now, it was between =N=5,000 to =N=10,000 will be given to 25 million poorest Nigerians every month without provision of how he’ll determine the poorest in the society and the struggling of the federation financially as a result of dwindling crude oil receipt.

    • George

      if we must send this government away what do we replace it with? pls tinubu go and seat down we have see you before and never again

  • evi

    Tell that to the women you sent your soldiers to flog for wearing trousers when you were head of state and the woman you sent to firing squad. You hated your first wife so much you refused to attend her burial and even married her best friends daughter.You are the leader of child and women abuse.

    • Saydo Shan

      Who do U think U r telling lies to BIG LIAR? I suspect U were not born when GMB was Head of State. U said women were flogged for wearing trousers. I dare say not a single woman was touched while he was Head of State. FYI, pple behaved very properly as they were very orderly.

      Yes those dat refused to use d overhead bridge were made to do frog jump by the WAI Brigade and soldiers. And don’t forget, dat was military era.

      U r like a beer parlour rumour monger, dat is if U r not one.

  • Eniolorunmo

    Sai Buhari, high time you lecture the PDPIGS the reality of life. This country will revived from evil doers. The devil will be put to shame come March 28, 2015 in Jesus name. Amen.

    • Fairgame

      By mentioning Jesus name in expressing your love for the hater of Jesus and his people, may you partake fully in God’s wrath when it is poured out on Buhari, when God avenges the blood Buhari has shed in Nigeria. May you and your household be like the household of those who Buhari snatched their loved ones from them in cold blood. May you partake fully in Buhari’s judgement from God.

      • Eniolorunmo

        As you have said fair game so shall it be unto you and your family in the mighty name of Jesus Christ Amen.

  • warry

    Listening to Buhari today in the Lagos Town Hall meeting I am convinced that he dies not know anything and is being used by criminally minded persons to rob Nigerians because he 12 million votes last time and believe that if they support him they may succeed and have the opportunity to steal. If Buhari has evidence if corruption against GEJ, his ministers and Aids, he should present it and stop slandering the president. That does not show integrity.

  • meniru

    ICHEOKU says possibly, execution by firing squad of a woman by the then Muhammadu Buhari military junta is not violence on women in the eyes of Buhari? Further all those under-age girls being forcibly married off to men who could qualify as their grandfathers in Muhammadu Buhari’s neck of the wood in Northern Nigeria is also not violence against women in the eyes of Buhari? Additionally, forcing women to remain in an enslaved life in Purdah and against their will is not violence against women in the eyes of Buhari? Anyway, only the crazy in Nigeria will buy into the snake-oil that is Muhammadu Buhari’s candidacy being sold to Nigerians. ICHEOKU says on MARCH 28, tell those trying to hoodwink Nigerians that Muhammadu Buhari is the messiah Nigerians want and deserve to take a hike, VOTE GEJ.

  • Fairgame

    The evil dictator who holds the record for sending a woman, the first ever in the history of Nigeria and still holds that record, to firing squad is talking about women’s rights. God punish evil Buhari. God will avenge all the blood this evil man has shed.

  • favourtalk

    Change is here, we must move forward, we deserve better, we wants to move ahead. We can’t just fold our hands and allow change to happen. This suffering and injustice is much