Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has called on the leadership of the Nigerian Armed Forces to deploy more women soldiers to fight insecurity in the country.
According to the president’s wife, the impact of female gender must be adequately unleashed in tackling the insecurity challenges facing Nigeria.
“The security issues bedeviling our country still abound probably because we are yet to redefine the Armed Forces of Nigeria to explore the potential of women for operational effectiveness. Women possess the traits of patience, perseverance, and passion,” she said while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Defence Headquarters annual conference on Women Peace and Security at the National Defence College in Abuja.
She further noted that the Nigeria partly faces security challenges because the military is yet to redefine the role of women by exploring their potentials.
“There is a need for the reformulation of laws and policies that border on the inclusion of women in the strategic reformation of effective operational deployment. The wide margin and lack of flexibility in structures based on gender should be abridged,” Mrs. Aisha who was represented by Hajo Sani, her Senior Special Assistant, said.
“Women are restricted to careers within supportive mustering of military community such as finance, human resources, personnel, logistics, medical services and welfare. I join the military women to take exception to such psychological oppression.”
However, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, revealed that the Nigerian Armed Forces has given women even more participation higher than the United Nations recommendation.
He noted that women in the Nigerian military had attained 27.7% participation in peacekeeping operations, which is higher than the 17% recommendation by UN.
Olonisakin also noted that military women heads major combat units, fly fighter jets, deployed as sailors and do many other major things in the military.
Princess Ada is a Senior Content Creator and Head of Field Reporters at Naija Buzz News. She is a graduate of The Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Nasarawa State, where she studied Accounting before joining the media industry. She’s well experienced in Nigeria’s online media space. Ada previously worked as the Head of Business Operations at 1Push.Ng. She is a proud Igbo from Enugu State, South-East Nigeria.