By Ifeoma Ofurum
The Special Adviser to the president on Ethics and Values, Dr (Mrs) Sarah Jibril has condemned the recent treatment meted out to widows in Imo State when they carried out a peaceful demonstration to the Government House.
Dr. Jibril, who was speaking at the celebration of the International Women’s Day in Owerri, Imo State, expressed disappointment that such was happening in Igbo land that claims to have connections with Jews.
According to her, they are expected to obey the scripture and honour women just as Mary, the mother of Jesus, was honoured.
The former presidential candidate was referring to the molestation of widows, who were protesting against seeming aspersions being cast against one of them, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Minster of State in Education, by some politicians in the state.
Dr (Mrs) Jibril said that the Federal Government has planed to inaugurate a rescue, rehabilitation and integration committee to interfere in such cases as well as cases of Nigerians being thrown into jail abroad for various offences.
According to her, the situation is a challenge to the nation. She observed also that majority of these Nigerians were of the Igbo stock.
The presidential aide called on women and others in Igbo land to rise against the arming of citizens and youths by politicians who intend to promote their political interest by violence.
Also at the celebration, the chairperson of Igbo Women’s Forum (IWF) in the United Kingdom, Mrs Megan Adaobi Clement, advised mothers to caution their children from infant to curtail the rising rate of crime in the society.
Mrs Clement, who is also the founder of Nchekwa Oha Advocacy Foundary, said that IWF UK decided to celebrate this year’s IWD with their sisters in Igboland and launch the foundation which aims at ensuring that the voices of the grassroot women are heard.
In the foundation’s plans, she said, are advocacy trainings in primary and secondary schools in Igboland for teachers and students.
She called on women to accommodate one another rather than pulling each other down.
She told the women that IWF had voted for legislature reforms for the elderly in our communities.
“We want government to support those who have nobody to look after them at old age,” she said.
Also present at the occasion were Mr Paschal Nneji, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) senatorial candidate for Owerri Zone, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, (Ikenga Nnewi), the chairman of council of traditional rulers Anambra State, cxouncillor Anna Mbachu, former mayor of London-borough of Waltham Forest, the Ohanaze Youth Council, among others.