22nd August, 2017
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has renewed her commitment to improving the lives of women and children in the country.
Mrs Buhari made the commitment on Tuesday while conducting free medical outreach to more than 2,000 persons comprising indigent women and children at Chachi village of Tafa Local Government Area of Niger.
The outreach was organised by the Future Assured initiative of Mrs Buhari, which provided cartons of anti-malaria drugs, cough syrup and food items, among others, to the community.
Buhari, represented by the Coordinator of Future Assured programme in North Central, Hajiya Hafsatu Zannah, said the aim of this outreach was to provide essential medical services to less privileged people at their door steps.
She said that the well-being of women and children in Nigeria remained her primary concern, hence the need to provide medical and nutritious food items for them.
“We conducted deworming for women and children as well as sensitise the women on how to go about exclusive breastfeeding.
“We also sensitised them on the preventions and control of malaria during and after pregnancy and the importance of ante-natal care,’’ she said.
The beneficiaries were also trained on how to use local grains such as ground nuts, beans, maize and soya beans to make nutritious food for their babies at cheapest rate.
While expressing his appreciation to the gesture, the Village Head of Chachi, Mr Musa Abubakar, prayed Almighty God to reward the wife of the President for her good gesture.
Abubakar said the entire community was happy to receive the delegation of Mrs Buhari, assuring the medical team of their unflinching support and prayers to the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He also prayed God to grant Buhari good health, guidance and protection to deliver his electoral promises.
The Director of Health in the local government, Mrs Dinatu Bako, thanked the wife of the President for the kind gesture.
Bako said that the gesture would go a long way in complementing the efforts of the council in providing medical care for the rural community.
However, she called on the wife of the president and other relevant agencies in the state to assist the rural community with additional manpower to take care of existing health facilities.
The Women Leader in the community, Mrs Maryam Targema, also expressed appreciation to Mrs Buhari for identifying with their plight.
Targema said: “This is the first time we are having a powerful delegation in this community; we are indeed grateful to Mrs Aisha Buhari for providing succour to our people.’’
She however urged the wife of the president to establish a women centre for skill acquisition programme to cater for widows, refugees and orphans in the village.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke expressed their appreciation to Mrs Buhari for the gesture and solicited for its sustainability.