Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari on Monday met with wives of state governors of the federation at the Presidential Villa, Abuja where she charged the First Ladies to make a difference in the lives of the people.
The meeting, which was held at the First Lady Conference Hall, was to evolve ways the State Governors First Ladies could serve the interest of their people better.
Noting that the constitution does not explicitly state the role for First Ladies, the wife of the president said the Governors’ Wives Forum was an avenue for them to support their husbands towards delivering on the change agenda of the present government.
“As wives of political office holders, we must continue to do our best in contributing to the success”, Mrs. Buhari said.
According to her, the First Ladies in their own little ways, can assist the governor-husbands to bring succour to the populace, especially those in need such as victims of insurgency in the North East and other forms of violence, physically challenged and other vulnerable groups.
“It is on this note I felt it is important for us to come together to strengthen our unity and extend our solidarity to each other under a common platform.
“There, we need to develop strong leadership structures in the two regions not only in one as the case with the already known Northern Governors Wives Forum of the country”, Aisha Buhari added.
She also called for the restructuring of the two regional halves of the forum to boost networking, cooperation and constructive partnership.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari called on the wives of the governors to be prepared to deal with programmes that are capable of impacting positively on the lives of citizens particularly the less privileged members of the society.
She listed some of the challenges facing the poor to include widowhood rites, female inheritance rights, female genital mutilation, early marriages, violence against women and children, high maternal mortality and women economic empowerment.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari also used the occasion to rally support of the wives of the state governors for government policies and programmes.