Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari has urged voters to stay and watch as their votes are counted, and keep record of it in next week’s presidential election.
Aisha spoke on Saturday at the Eagle Square in Abuja during a rally organized by the Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team, tagged ‘Walk for Buhari.’
The first lady urged supporters to vote for her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Represented by the wife of the Vice-President, Dolabo Osinbajo, Mrs Buhari said, “After you have voted, you must not go back and sleep. You must wait for your votes to be counted and then you write it down.”
Supporters of the President trekked from the Unity Fountain to the Eagle Square in Abuja.
She mentioned that Mr Buhari had been fair to all Nigerians in his first term as the president.
“By walking today, you are telling the world that you are standing with Buhari and the APC.
“Our president is for everybody whether men, women or youth.
“Our president is for the whole of Nigeria. There is no discrimination,” she added.
In July 2014, she advised Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to resign from office as president of Nigeria, following a suicide bombing and an alleged assassination attempt on her husband. She is a women’s right activist and child right Advocate, and she has criticized child marriage and homosexuality.
Aisha Buhari is a vocal advocate of women’s rights and children rights, and this was a focal point during her campaign for her husband’s election in 2015. She has, on several occasions, emphasized the need for young girls to get primary and secondary school education before getting married, saying that she believes no girl should get married before the age of 17.
In May 2015, on the sidelines of the Global Women Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she stressed the need for Nigerian laws that will protect the women from forced early marriages, sex trafficking and other issues Nigerian girls and women contend with. She raised concerns on child sexual abuse in Nigeria, sex trafficking and the need for legislation against early marriage.
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