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We must address election violence no doubt and speak sense to hearts & minds out there. But this would only make sense if it genuinely comes from a sincere heart not the adulteration of another person’s research or the replication of someone else’s work. #EndElectionViolence
So this morning I will focus on original works of reputable leaders not those who purchase their academic titles and sojourns on earth to die a copy. Plagiarism is a crime in sane climes but people in high places in ours steal intellectual property with pride. 😞
Since I’m a gentleman let me explore and commend the works of our women. Just yesterday HE @ToyinSaraki gave a speech on “Stop Election Violence- Women & Youth Votes are Key to Building Healthier & Safer NIGERIA.
In her keynote speech to ‘A Women Leaders' Forum to Promote Peaceful Elections’ - jointly organised by UN Women, the African Union and the Embassy of Germany -
Toyin Saraki called for an end to election violence ahead of the 2019 polls in Nigeria and urged all stakeholders to ensure that women are able to take full part in the democratic process.
Mrs Saraki, a pioneer member of the African Women’s Leadership Initiative, which was inaugurated at the United Nations in New York in 2016, used her speech to highlight the barriers faced by women and young people in Nigeria , stating:
“As women, I urge us to charge all candidates & stakeholders to uphold the sanctity of democratic culture & the rule of law as sacrosanct, notwithstanding the powers of executive fiat, in order to activate the nation's progress & productivity as NIGERIA decides...
...to elect its next leaders, and always
“51% of Nigeria's population is female, and the female gender is universally recognised as being the primary and premier gender to nurture and nourish generations, from the helpless newborn in families and communities, into responsible adults that thrive.
Similarly, we must encourage the female gender to imbibe and impart the essence of exercising the constitutional civil liberty and human right of democratic suffrage, the right to vote in peace, safety and dignity, to all.”
“As a passionate advocate for the involvement of women and young people in the democratic process, I know that given the chance they can transform Nigeria and create a healthier country for us all. They must be given the opportunity to do so.”
@ToyinSaraki Founder/President of the @wellbeingafrica, Inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador of the International Confederation of Midwives & Special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group of the @WHO office for Africa, referenced key indices “holding Nigerians back”:
“I know that Nigerians want to build a healthier and safer country. We have the talent and passion to do so, but many of my fellow citizens are held back by the realities of troubling development indices and a direction of travel which is a serious cause of concern.”
“The essential foundations of wellbeing are too often absent. Water, sanitation and hygiene standards are in a state of national emergency, whilst on our current path Nigeria will have overtaken India as the world capital for infant deaths by 2021.
Meanwhile, our electricity supply is the second worst in the world – only Yemen has worse access. We must improve these conditions to build a bright future for the next generation.”
The forum was also addressed by the Deputy Head of Mission for Germany in Nigeria, Ms Regine Hess and UN Women Country Representative, Ms. Comfort Lamptey among others including representatives from the security sector and civil society.
Mrs Saraki was represented by Mrs Amy Oyekunle, CEO of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa. @wellbeingafrica
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