Aisha Buhari shows up at senate to support women inclusion

Nigeria’s first lady Aisha Buhari on Wednesday showed up at the Senate chamber in support of women inclusivity.

The First Lady reportedly walked into the Senate chamber alongside Pauline Tallen, minister of women affairs, at 12:00 pm on Wednesday.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan said: “Let me on behalf of all of us welcome to the chamber the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the mother of the nation. Your Excellency, you are welcome.

“Let me recognise the presence of the honourable minister of women affairs who is a friend of the senate.”

Laying the constitution amendment report, Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy president of the senate and chairman of the constitution review committee, said 36 slots have been reserved for women  in the senate.

TheCable reports President of Senate, Lawan as saying his leadership of the upper chamber is gender sensitive and working to include women in governance

“The First Lady has been consistent in supporting gender inclusivity, we are all in support of gender sensitivity. In this senate we have only two groups, the female senators and ‘he for shes’,” the senate president said.

“This is a report on the constitution review and the presence of the First Lady is to show her support for one of the bills on affirmative action for more female parliamentarians in both chambers, the senate and the house and the state legislatures.

“Your Excellency, I want to encourage you to continue with your advocacy.”

Aisha Buhari has been a vanguard for women inclusion in politics and government since the early days of her husband’s presidency.

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