Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate in the November 2021 Anambra governorship election, has issued a statement celebrating the Nigerian woman whom he declared as “the strongest creation of the Almighty”.
On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, Mr Ozigbo issued a statement from his campaign office in Awka, Anambra State. He hailed Nigerian women and encouraged them to continue being strong and blooming.
The day has been set aside as International Women’s Day and celebrated worldwide in 2022 with the theme “Break the Bias”. Nigerian women, the respected business leader noted, were marking this year’s event with great disappointment with the vote of the Nigerian House of Representatives. The latter struck down constitutional amendments that would grant women more equality.
“Today, I celebrate all Nigerian women, the strongest creation of the Almighty, as the world marks International Women’s Day with the theme, Break the Bias,” Ozigbo, who is the immediate past President and CEO of Transcorp Plc, wrote.
“It is pretty sad that for Nigerian women, they mark this year’s event, with great disappointment over the recent vote by the Nigerian House of Representatives to deny women fundamental equal rights.
“The vote by the federal lawmakers, of whom an overwhelming majority are men, underscores the work that still needs to be done in the area of women empowerment, education, development, and equality.
“I believe that the Nigerian woman is the pride of our country. She deserves our support, respect, and encouragement. The time of lighting our brightest lamps and hiding them under a bushel is long gone. Women are the greatest gift to our nation, and they deserve better.
“I, therefore, call for a review of the recent vote by the House of Reps. Our women need to be given the same rights as men in citizenship, transfer of citizenship to their spouses, and equal representation in public life.
“I also call for urgent legislature that would close the gender gap in terms of access to education, healthcare, work opportunities, protections under the law, social discrimination. Our girls and young women need to be given the same opportunities as our boys and men.
“I congratulate all Nigerian women and all women around the world. You are worthy. Keep shining brightly,” the statement ended.
A multiple-award-winning global CEO, Valentine Ozigbo is also a globally recognised advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality. He ran his governorship campaign on the twin anchor of women and youth empowerment. His campaign organisation had women play powerful and critical roles, and he promised to give women 35% representation in his government.