President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian women to engage youths in dialogue and meaningful ventures, in the aftermath of the ENDSARS protests, to avert recurrence.
The president gave the advice when he hosted representatives of Nigerian women in the Presidential Villa.
Buhari, who described Nigerian women as stabilisers of peace in the country, said the youths remained the nation’s most treasured asset.
He urged all well-meaning citizens to collectively take on the responsibility of presenting to them a pathway to realize their huge potential.
The president reiterated the commitment of his administration to curb the exponential rise in cases of violence against women and girls.
He said this will be done by supporting the Chairman of the African Union, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, in his call for a treaty to end violence against women and girls at the African Union Summit in February next year.
According to the Nigerian leader, although the country has not achieved the 35 per cent affirmation on the participation of women in governance, the current administration intends to exceed the benchmark.
The president also reaffirmed his commitment to end child marriage as well as boost girl-child education in all parts of the country.
Earlier, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Talen who led the delegation thanked the president for always supporting Nigerian women, especially in the fight against rape and gender violence.
News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the president was decorated with an award of excellence tagged “He-for-She award” by the National Council for Women Affairs.