By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— As the world marks this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the government to actively initiate policies that would empower the nation’s young girls to grow up believing that they can do and become anything they imagined.
According to him, gone are the days the role of women was confined only to the kitchen and the bedroom.
The Waziri Adamawa noted that the days are long gone when all that a girl was groomed to become was a beautiful bride who would one day satisfy a man by keeping house and kitchen, emphasising that Nigeria’s girls should be empowered to function in all spheres of human endeavour.
Atiku described Nigeria’s population of young girls as an army of problem-solvers waiting to be unleashed, if only they could be given equal access to quality education.
He said: “Bear in mind that when we educate the girl child, we educate a family, educate a community and eventually end up educating a nation.
“Until we prioritise the education of the girl child, there will continue to be a limit on how far and well we can develop as a nation in the 21st century.”