Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari has commended Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha for organizing the 2017 August Meeting. This is even as she said that the theme of the programme: “Women, building bridges of friendship across the Niger” is apt as it shows the level of maturity, worth and resourcefulness that women have attained.
According to her, the event would provide an opportunity for women to come together to socialize, dialogue and work for unity among communities.
While calling on Nkechi Okorocha to continue with her effort, Aisha assured of her support, especially in areas that have to do with women, children and the underprivileged as she has been doing through the Future Assured Programme.
She also thanked the state Governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha for the support he is giving to his wife and called on other governors to emulate him.
Earlier in her address, Nneoma Okorocha called on women to build and fortify bridges of friendship because according to her, friendship is a gateway to love, unity, tolerance and mutual understanding, which every society needs for survival and development. She said the nation is passing through a moment which calls for intensification of bridge building in Nigeria.
She informed that the wife of the President is a recognized national bridge builder and commended her for laying the foundation of the Southern and Northern Governors Wives Fora, which today are building bridges of unity in the country.
She hailed women for their role as mothers, wives, peacemakers, caregivers, home builders and bridge builders and called on them to use the power to bring unity to the country.
In his brief remark, Governor Okorocha said Nigeria, although already a great country, must strive to be better in the no-distant future in order to meet the yearnings and aspirations of her citizens. He said the journey to make Nigeria a greater country through the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence is already a reality and Imo state is part of that movement.
The event was well attended by Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, wives of Governors of Enugu, Benue, Ondo, Osun, Edo, Sokoto, Ogun, Abia, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Calabar, Niger, Kogi, Kebbi States, representatives of Niger Delta Women Council of Nigeria (NDWC) from the 9 Niger Delta States, women from the 27 LGAs among others.