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Nigerian Women, Valentine's Day & 2023

By Desmond Ekwueme

Posted  22 Views updated 9 days ago

Permit me to start this piece by first wishing all Nigerian women HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY in arrears. Of course every woman around the world needs love. It depends on what kind of love the individual is feeling, assuming or expecting.

Nigerian women like their kinds worldwide love to be loved, pampered, catered for, showered with gifts, kindness and goodness. They sure deserve it because they are a special breed.... particularly in a season like this. Yes, love smells and rings in the air. But there is a "better love" that you owe the nation as mothers.

Permit me to equally remind you that you are one of the most brilliant, most beautiful, most talented, most gifted, most enterprising, most diligent, most creative and most intelligent women in the world.

In all fields of human endeavors, you are excelling. You're making Nigeria and Africa proud.

From Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court to Actress Genevieve Nnaji. From renowned economist and financial consultant cum manager Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to celebrated activist Aisha Yesufu...From Olympic Gold medallist cum Police chief, ACP Chioma Ajunwa to world respected author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche....from politician Senator Remi Tinubu to Senator Iyom Uche Ekwunife to Ace footballer and Queen of African football Asisat Oshoala....What about music star Tiwa Savage? We can go on and on.

As you celebrate Valentine's Day, I wish you all (Nigerian women) well but most importantly, I want you to remember that your services are needed more especially at this time in the area of nation building.

You have been quiet for too long...Your silence is doing more damage to Nigeria than the maladministration by your male counterparts over the years. You have sat on the fence for too long. Yes some of you are raising your voices individually but the course at hand needs your collective effort.

2023 is fast approaching, this is a clarion call for you to quit your SIDON LOOK posture. Enough of IT'S MEN'S STUFF.....Politics is not a gender thing.

Women have been Prime Ministers and Presidents across the world. Women have led their countries to prosperity and glories unlike their male counterparts who have continued to fail their nations and even throw them into poverty and war through corruption.

Rise up now like true mothers you are....Save our nation. Your children are jobless after graduating from school. They are taking to all manners of crime just to survive. They are kidnapped or killed. Some of them are even running away to seek greener pastures abroad. The nation's treasury has been looted and left empty by greedy politicians of the opposite sex or gender.

Something can still be done even in the face of the wind of uncertainty and hopelessness blowing across the land. You can save this country even as the voices screaming for breakup are on the increase by each passing day.

Come together as mothers of the nation. Join hands and save Nigeria. It is not impossible for you to come up with a political party. Your children (youth) who have the highest percentage of population in the country can rally round you. They are tired of the situation and seeking help. The #EndSARS Protest proved that they are truly tired of the situation.

Nigeria waits on you to make the desired change. Nigeria cries for your help. Nigeria relies on your last minute or eleventh hour effort. The youth have voiced out.... The ball obviously is in your court.

It is well with you!!!

Justice Mary Odili

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

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Aisha Yesufu.

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Senator Remi Tinubu

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