Kogi Guber: Women advocate begs desperate politicians to stop killing women, urges political actors to embrace peace
Following the reported thuggery activities across the state and the recent killing of a female supporter of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Koton-karfe/Kogi local government area of the state, a prominent women advocator for a peaceful campaign and election has appealed to politicians across party line to stop hitting the polity.
Arewa Abiola Abimbola, the Director General Women Effect Initiative International, WEII, said electioneering process is about democracy and should not be an venue to kill innocent people.
Abimbola gave the advise while addressing the Press in Lokoja, the state capital, expressed concerned over recurring thuggery activities in the state.
She said killing of a lady in Kotonkarfe last weekend was most horrific story he had ever heard.
According to her, Kogi has lost a vibrant young woman, a sister and mother in the middle of her prime.
The Director General WEII urged interested parties in the forthcoming Kogi Governorship election to embrace peace, pointing out that the State cannot continue to lose the lives of women in the name of election.
Global Times Nigeria had reported that one of APC female supporters who was on solidarity match in support of the party’s candidate was shot dead in Koton-karfe, Kogi LGA.
” It is so disheartening that we are losing such vibrant women in our society in the name of political interest”.
” We use this medium to express dismay at the killing of a woman at Kotonkarfe at the weekend. We want a halt to this killing in our society again “.
” As women, if we cannot be protected, then there is no point following the men participating in politics if our lives and security cannot be guaranteed”.
” In 2019 we lost Salome Abu, the woman was killed, till date nothing has happened, meaning that she died for free”.
” Women are the highest voting population in an election. Do not scare them from coming out to vote. Allow our women to actively participate in the forthcoming Kogi Governorship election “.
The Director General urged citizens of the State to see themselves as brothers and sisters, pointing out that “if we kill ourselves because of somebody’s interest, they may get there and not recognize you”, insisting that it is not worth dieing for.
Arewa Abiola Abimbola urged the people of Kogi State to see themselves as one family, desist from political violence, called on Government at all levels, security agencies to help in the protection of women and children before, during and after the Governorship election from political and any form of violence.
The Director General
Women’s Effect Initiative International assured women that with efforts at sensitization, reaching out to critical political stakeholders and security agencies by her organization, expressed optimism of a peaceful election, urge women to collect their PVCs to enable them participate in the forthcoming Kogi Governorship election