By SIMON EBEGBULEM
THE Vice-President, Africana Consultants, United States of America and wife of a former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Arese Carrington, has urged the National Assembly to pass stringent laws to protect women and children.
Carrington noted that inheritance laws that specifically protect women are needed, adding: “In Nigeria, widows often have no rights, they are oppressed and usually treated poorly when they lose their husbands”.
She stated this while delivering a lecture titled, “The female imperative in the new Africa”, at the 1st Eminent Lecture Series of the University of Benin (UNIBEN). Carrington stressed the need for laws protecting women to be enacted so that “ there is no ambiguity and thus cannot be misinterpreted and tampered with.
“If the right bills to protect females are not put in place then we would have failed them and left many vulnerable with no place for recourse. With the on-going Boko Haram conflict, women must be protected adequately. The mandate by the Presidency that all internally displaced persons should be reunited with their families and release funds to rehabilitate them is a step in the right direction”, the wife of the former envoy stated.
“We must continue to remember and act on behalf of our stolen daughters-the Chibok girls. Their dreams have been interrupted by an act of terrorism. We must make sure their dreams are not destroyed. They must be returned, rehabilitated and reintegrated”.