A Non Governmental Organization, Women’s Effect Initiative International, has called on all the Political Parties contesting the forthcoming Kogi State Governorship Election to call their men to order, and ensured the safety of women during the election.
Director-General of the NGO, Arewa Abiola Abimbola who made the appeal on Thursday in Lokoja expressed worries about the woman killed in Kotonkarfe at the weekend, lamented that the state has lost another vibrant woman, a sister and mother in the middle of her prime.
Abimbola 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.
“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 “.
She urged citizens of the State to see themselves as brothers and sisters, pointing out that, politicians are not worth dying for, “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.
“People of Kogi State must see themselves as one family and desist from political violence. We 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.
She however said the NGO is reaching out to critical political stakeholders and security agencies that can advocate the course of women during the election.