By Yelmi Luka, Bauchi
The wife of the Bauchi State Govenor, Dr. Aisha Bala Mohammed has described as unfortunate, the belief held by some men that women are like a piece of cloth that can be used and thrown out at will.
Dr. Aisha who stated this in Bauchi when she hosted school girls on the occasion of 2020 international day of Girl -Child decried that many people have seen marriage and divorce as a way of pleasure.
“They think every girl is a tissue; to feel that girl child is like a cloth that can be used and thrown out and nobody can say anything; even our clerics”, she said.
According to her- “Those of us in government, these are things that we should be reminding ourselves so that we can find a way of tackling this issue.
“They think that they are to be married off. My local government is the last in terms of girl child education.” She said.
The wife of the governor while noting that the girl child right is enshrined in both Holy Qur’an and Holy Bible, advised parents to ensure the welfare of their children.
“Apologies, (to UNICEF) this demand for girl child, to me, should be directed to parents and not the government. Government can only ensure that the parents provide these welfare”, she said.
Hajiya Aisha expressed sadness over rampant cases of divorce amongst couples in the society.
Our correspondent gathered that the girls were selected from the states of Adamawa, Yobe, Niger and Bauchi in a “one thousand girls march to school” programme organised by the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF).
“Some men feel that they have the liberty to marry as many as possible”, the First Lady said while addressing the girls.
According to her, such men have forgotten that they must love and care for them all equally.
“If these are to be abided by, most men wouldn’t have been doing all sort of things. Some of them feel it’s a pleasure. That’s why we are facing some of these problems”, Hajiya Aisha noted.