28th September, 2011
As part of activities lined up to commemorate the 60th post humous birthday anniversary of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, the slain wife of the late MKO Abiola and heroine of Nigeriaâ€™s democracy, the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, KIND, has concluded plan to build a womenâ€™s centre in Abuja in her honour.
In a statement made available to P.M.NEWS, scores of eminent Nigerians, including six state governors would be special guests at a fund-raising luncheon towards the construction of the edifice to be known as the â€˜Kudirat Abiola Womenâ€™s Centreâ€™.
The event is billed for today at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Leading the pack of eminent guests are Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), who will also chair the occasion.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun are Chief Hosts.
Also expected is the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who is a member of KINDâ€™s board.
Governors Kayode Fayemi, Adams Oshiomole, Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi of Ekiti, Edo, Osun, and Oyo respectively are special guests of honour.
â€œThe proposed womenâ€™s centre in Abuja will be instrumental to the expansion of KINDâ€™s efforts to promote women and girls seeking to contribute their quota to democracy and nation-building.
â€œAlready Vital Voices Global Partnership â€“ an organisation founded by Hillary Clinton â€“ has offered to partner with us to establish a museum, the first of its kind in Nigeria dedicated to â€˜honouring and celebrating our heroesâ€™ at the Centre,â€ the statement added.
Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, KIND, was founded 14 years ago by Hafsat Abiola-Costello in honour of the memory of her mother who was assassinated for her role in the revalidation of the mandate given to her husband, the late Bashorun MKO Abiola in the June 12, 1993 presidential elections.
So far, KIND has trained over 3000 young women in Anambra, Borno, Cross River, Lagos, Ogun, and Plateau States in service leadership since 2001, and has developed the capacity of grassroots female politicians as well as raised awareness across the society about gender-based violence and supported organisations who work with victims through proceeds from its annual programme V-Monologues.