While the entire world celebrated the International Women’s Day on a peaceful note, remembering the importance of women in the family, the Nigerian women went on a protest, at the Federal capital of Nigeria.
The Women in the Abuja on Monday, staged a protest, with the motion against hunger, hardship and insecurity in the country .
They also called for the immediate resignation of the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for incompetence.
Addressing journalists on behalf of the women, Mrs Stell Ajadi, lamented the lack of basic amenities in their community.
Ajadi rebuked the President for his silence over the persistent attacks by Unknown gunmen, bandits and herdsmen across the nation.
Ajadi said, “We need empowerment, no money to do business. We don’t have potable water. We are wives and mothers and we are suffering. The insecurity and economic situation which led to general increase of prices of goods is worrisome and uncalled for. The President should resign if he cannot protect the people.”
However, Buhari (retd.), on Monday felicitated with Nigerian women on International Women’s Day, describing them as the bedrock of society.
Understanding that the feminine gender forms about half of the country’s population, the President said any “government which neglects such a crucial component of its demographic asset stands the risk of stunted growth and likely failure.”
The message from the President was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, “2021 International Women’s Day: President Buhari salutes Nigerian women, calls them bedrock of society.”
Noting that the theme of the 2021 celebration, “Choose to challenge,” is apt, the statement said Buhari rejoiced with the womenfolk and restated his administration’s commitment to addressing the challenges confronting them.
“I am proud of our women who have shown by dint of hard work and capacity that they can perform creditably if given the opportunity at home and on the global stage,” he was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said his administration plans to launch N1bn fund for widows, whose livelihoods were adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
He disclosed this while addressing a cross-section of women at an event in Government House, Benin, to mark theInternational Women’s Day.
Obaseki said: “As a response and gift to women, Edo State Government will be launching a N1bn fund for widows whose livelihoods were impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
“The state will give a seed capital of N250m. We will work with financial partners to raise the balance as the fund will be managed professionally, not politically, mostly by women, to address vulnerable women in the state.”
Also, in Kwara State, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said that his administration would continue to give voice to women because doing so was key to achieving sustainable development and inclusive growth.
Abdulrazaq in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye on Monday to mark the International Women Day, said, “Our agenda to empower Kwara women aligns with the theme of this year’s celebration which is ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a Covid-19 World’. The administration is committed to socioeconomic and political empowerment/inclusion of women because of their critical roles in building a stronger and healthier world where both genders work in harmony for the larger good of our communities. This commitment is glaring in our appointments, programmes, and policies just under the last two years.”
Similarly, the Ondo State Government has called on the women in various leadership positions to continue contributing to the fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic .The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Women Affairs, Mrs Kehinde Adeniran, stated this while speaking at a programme in Akure to mark the 2021 Women’s Day celebration.
She said, “The theme is a wakeup call for women, particularly those in position of leadership to reposition themselves in their resolve to combat COVID-19 which is presently ravaging the whole world.”
An estimated 18 million female students, including university undergraduates were affected by the closure of schools due to COVID – 19 pandemic, the United Nations women said on Monday.
The Country Representative of UN women in Nigeria, Comfort Lamptey, stated this during a national policy dialogue in commemoration of the International Women’s Day.
She said, “As estimated, the 18 million female learners across primary, secondary and tertiary education have been affected by the school closure. This is deeply concerning for the future of girls education in communities where their enrolment was already low.
“The COVID – 19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on the lives of women and girls. Without a doubt, this pandemic in the words of the UN Secretary-General, has a woman’s face.”
While explaining the various struggles of Nigerian women through the years, the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, said the IWD presents a unique opportunity for women to take stock of their demands for equality, development and peace.
Police Kills another Black man in Minneapolis, sparks fresh protest
Fresh Protests broke out on Sunday night after a United State Police Operative, shot a young Black man by name Daunte Wright in the suburb of Minneapolis.
The incident is discovered to be happening in the region where a former police officer is currently on trial for the murder of George Floyd.
According to AFP, Hundreds of people gathered outside the police station in Brooklyn Center, northwest of Minneapolis, with the police, later firing teargas and flash bangs to disperse the crowd.
Around midnight local time (0500 GMT), the National Guard was on the scene, police had declared an illegal assembly, and the Brooklyn Center mayor said he would “be issuing a curfew order shortly”.
The mother of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, told a crowd earlier Sunday evening that he called her to say he had been pulled over by police, local media reported.
Katie Wright said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then one of the officers ended the call. Soon after, her son’s girlfriend told her he had been shot.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed to AFP it was “investigating an officer-involved shooting incident” in Brooklyn Center but declined to identify the victim.
According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers pulled over a driver for a traffic violation. When they discovered he had an outstanding warrant, they tried to take him into custody.
He got back into his car, and one of the officers fired their weapon, striking the driver, who died at the scene.
A female passenger in the car suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” and was transported to a local hospital, said the statement, which did not identify the woman.
Photos from the protest showed men stomping on the windshield of a police cruiser. Police fired rubber bullets to try to disperse the protesters, according to the Star Tribune.
After about an hour, the police presence eased, and the crowd lit candles and wrote messages such as “Justice for Daunte Wright” in chalk on the street.
Brooklyn Center mayor Mike Elliott called the shooting “tragic”.
“We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with force,” he wrote on Twitter.
But clashes broke out again soon after as another group of several hundred protesters gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters and were met with teargas and flash bangs.
The shooting comes during the ongoing trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is facing charges of manslaughter and murder over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
Floyd’s killing sparked months of protests in the United States against racism and police brutality and attracted international outrage.
Prince Philip’s funeral to take place April 17, says Buckingham Palace
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on April 17, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.
The ceremony at Windsor, west of London, which will be televised but have no public element because of coronavirus restrictions, will be preceded by a national minute’s silence.
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Royal officials said the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson, Prince Harry, would attend, but his heavily pregnant wife, Meghan, had been advised against travelling from the United States on medical grounds.
Prince Philip dies at the age of 99
The United Kingdom’s No. 1 Man, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99.
This inormation was released the Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The statement reads,“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said in a statement.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Prince Philip had spent four weeks in hospital earlier this year to receive treatment for an infection and also have a heart procedure, he returned to Windsor in early March.
He had been by the queen’s side throughout her 69-year reign, the longest in British history
“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” the queen said in a rare personal tribute to him made in a speech marking the pair’s 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.
Prince Philip’s last public appearance came last July at a military ceremony at Windsor Castle, the royal palace to the west of London where he and the monarch have resided during COVID-19 lockdowns.
In his life, he earned a reputation for a tough, no-nonsense attitude and a propensity for occasional bigotry.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would be remembered “above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen”.
“Not just as her consort, by her side, every day of her reign, but as her husband, her strength and stay of more than 70 years,” Johnson said in a televised address to the nation.
“And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today,” he added.
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