By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
A renowned Islamic leader, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke, has called on the Federal Government to address numerous problems facing the country, pointing out that women are more victims of the political and economic challenges than men.
Olagoke, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen In-Islam Worldwide, spoke at the weekend in Ibadan during the 2016 International Women Day organised by Shafaudeen Young Women Association under the title “Millennium Global Economic Problem and Nigerian Political Challenges: Effect on Motherhood.”
He said “bills on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women need to be domesticated through the National Assembly and various Houses of Assemblies to empower women and give them access to resources including ability to have a choice at decision making points in order that their fundamental human rights are not trampled upon.”
Olagoke, who is also the President of Ajagun Esin Consultative Forum (AECF) and Justice of Peace, said respect for womanhood should be upheld as advised by President Barak Obama of USA.
He pointed out that motherhood is “a divine construct that must be respected by all to have justice, equity, peace and sustainable development.”
The cleric pointed out that there are vices like insecurity, hunger and poverty in the land affecting womanhood with direct consequence on the child, adding that “there is need for government to expand the scope of resources through diversification of economy into other critical areas especially agriculture.”
Speaking with newsmen, Olagoke who is a relentless advocate of girl-child education said “decision makers should concentrate more on girl child education, stating that both states and Federal Governments should emancipate women and give them high motivation.
“We should team up and eradicate violence against women and girl child including economic exploitation of child labour. We should promote good governance to prevent violence and effect of Conflict on women,” he urged.
He decried a situation whereby politicians and godless decision makers seduce and import young girls for entertainment, adding that the ugly scenario should be addressed especially with the change mantra of the new administration.
The chairperson of Shafaudeen Young Women Association, Oyo branch, Alhaja Oladeji Khadijat, called on parents and governments to discourage any form of violence against girl child in particular and women in general.
Professor Nurein Nasir Tanimowo of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, in his own submission, urged the society to stop using women to satisfy their narrow and selfish interest, adding their positive roles should be highly appreciated and compensated.
Top Islamic clerics and academics were present during the occasion.
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan