An educationist, Hajia Rakiya Gambo Ilyasu, has called on Nigerian Muslim women to participate in politics in order to bring in the much-needed impetus to fight corruption, engender inclusiveness as well as accelerate the development of the county.
Hajia Ilyasu made the call as the lead speaker of the maiden edition of the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society’s women forum in Lokoja Kogi state discussing the theme ‘The Role of Women In Eradicating Corruption’.
She said women should step out of stereotypes as ‘there are no stereotypes for women in Islam…we have examples of wives of the prophet Muhammed SAW and the daughter of Usman Bin Fodio are good examples’.
‘Muslim women are expected to play vital roles in changing and transforming the society into one which is safer and free from corruption. Islam offers Muslim women great opportunities to extend their fields of activities as role models, they are placed alongside men in reforming the society morally, socially, politically, and religiously’, she said.
Quoting from the Quran and many other sayings of the Prophet of Islam she asked Muslim women to improve on current statistics of girl-child education by enrolling their girl children in schools.
According to her ‘female children should be given great opportunities to reach their utmost in educational pursuit…as future mothers and leaders of tomorrow, the sky should not be their limit but the beginning.’
Also speaking at the event, the Kogi State Director General of Land and housing services Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim blamed the rising ills in the society on women who have abandoned their roles in providing tutelage and direction to their children.
‘Women must return to providing care for their children and not leave the children to the wider society. A child learns better from emulating parents and care givers that means we must be exemplary in our conduct so that we give children the values that will improve our society’, she said.
The National Chief Imam of the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society Fuad Adeyemi had in his opening remark said ‘women have a pivotal role not only in promoting peace and justice, but also in rolling back the increasing rate of corruption in the society’.
The discussion on ‘The role of women in eradicating corruption’ held in Lokoja the capital of Kogi state in North central Nigeria is in furtherance of its project ‘Encouraging Accountability and Transparency through Faith based Institutions’, a project supported by the MAcArthrur Foundation being implemented in Kogi, Niger, Kaduna, Osun, Lagos, Kebbi States and FCT.