October 1: Nigerian Women Plan Big For Independence Day
If you see a woman or youth wearing white attires on Independence Day, don't think they are ghosts.
October 1 is a day many Nigerians are looking forward to, but it is not just because it is the nation's Independence Day.
This year's Independence Day looks different and Nigerian women are adding something special to douse the political and ethnic tension.
Peace is what the women want and they are holding a march to push this agenda.
The President of National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Mrs Gloria Shoda, on Thursday, told reporters in Abuja that a coalition of Nigerian women from all walks of life will march for peace on October 1.
It is a coalition made up of members of Change Managers International Network, 100 Women Lobby Group in collaboration with NCWS.
Shoda asked other women and youths that may not be able to come for the march to wear white on October 1 from 6 a.m. till midnight as sign of peace in Nigeria.
There have been agitations for secession mostly from youths in south East Region and a coalition of youths under the Arewa youth forum had issued an ultimatum to Igbos.
Hope For A Better Nigeria
On this agitations, the NCWS president said Nigerian women were concerned about the current state of affairs “and we decided to rise with one voice to ensure that the country remained peaceful".
She asked the Arewa Youths, IPOB and Oduduwa groups, as well as other aggrieved groups in Nigeria to give peace a chance and not resort to violence.
“Government at all levels had been tasked with the responsibility of promoting and protecting freedom of expression.
“We hope for a better Nigeria where every individual has equal opportunities to be the best they can be for themselves and their communities.
“Nothing good comes easy; we must make sacrifices and work hard; Nigerian women have declared that we can build the country of our dreams without sacrificing the lives of innocent citizens".