Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
FEDERAL Capital Territory (FCT), Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has called on wives of monarchs in the nation’s capital to be agents of change, just as she noted that the role of women in conflict resolutions cannot be overemphasised.
Aliyu said women’s active engagement in ending wars and all types of violence was critical.
The minister who stated this at the advocacy forum organised for wives of graded chiefs in the territory, also observed that in every crisis, it was the women that stood up to reclaim the soul of that nation and actively pushed parties back to the inevitable negotiation tables or forced third-parties to bring the conflicts to an end.
Dr Aliyu also used the occasion to express concern over women’s work in community building and conflict resolution, which often goes unnoticed and unacknowledged, stressing that classical examples of women’s efforts towards peace-building during conflicts or wars are endless.
She, therefore, tasked the wives of traditional rulers and mothers not to forget in a hurry that major wars start with civil unrest resulting from poorly-managed social discontent, noting that as Nigerians witnessed recently with the #Endsars protests, if not properly managed, widespread social discontent, whatever may be its motivation, could easily snowball into large scale desecration of law and order.