By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-Following the increased wave of hate speech and inciting statements, especially the October 1 deadline given to the Igbos by the Arewa Youths, Nigerian Women from all works of life has demanded an immediate cessation of all hostilities across the country.
This is as they also demanded that all stake holders begin the process of deescalation and dialogue that would include women in proportional representation as active participants and peace keepers.
Addressing the Press on Thursday in an International Press Conference , the Coordinating Member, NGWomen4Peace, Lesley Agams called on Arewa Youths, IPOB, Boko Haram, Oduduwa, Ohaneze, the Federal government and its agencies to consider dialogue.
According to her; ” No be fight. We are civilized and modern nation. We will dialogue and we must start with immediate deescalation.
“We will no longer tolerate the blood of our children being spilled to sustain untenable positions of violent insurrection and dominance in a democratic federation”she stressed.
She among other things called for an increase in women’s active and full participation in politics, 50 per cent female membership of the 54.5 million euros support project for the northeast as well as a 50 per cent affirmative action policy.
Also speaking, the representative of Alliance for Africa, Ihuoma Anuonye noted that when women are actively involved in peace agreements, it becomes more credible and covers broader range of issues.
As a way to mark the 2017 Independence Day, she urged all women in Nigeria and in the diaspora to get involved in the #WhiteBlouseDay campaign on Sunday so as to show that the they stand for Peace.
She added; “Wear a white blouse on Ist October, take a picture of yourself and Friends and post on all social media platforms with the hashtags #WhiteBlouseDay, #NGWomen4Peace from 6.00am to 12.00 midnight. It shows that we do not want our blouses stained with the blood of our children or any one else”.
In her presentation, the Executive Director, Women Environmental Programme, Priscilla Achakpa who reiterated the call for peace, urged women to talk to their children, husbands, brothers and sisters to stand for peace.
She also noted that WEP engages youth between 15-35 in skills acquisition programmes to keep them away from crime and violence.
NGWomen4Peace is a movement of women and women’s groups focussed on ensuring that Nigeria remains a country of Peace, prosperity and participation for all