From Egena Sunday Ode
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja hailed the achievements of Nigerian women in different fields of endeavour, urging them to remain steadfast in their chosen vocations and be role models to the younger generation.
The President gave the commendation during an audience with Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi, President of the Medical Women’s International Association.
President Buhari was decorated during the event as the Champion of Women in the country.
Congratulating Nigerian women on breaking new grounds in the medical field, President Buhari said he was delighted to receive Dr Nwadinobi, the first Nigerian elected as President of the Association in its 100 years of existence.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina quoted Buhari to have said: ‘‘I am also proud to see and hear about the great achievements of Dr Nwadinobi.
‘‘The story of her career and what she has been able to accomplish thus far is commendable and must be celebrated.
‘‘I take this opportunity to congratulate you, Dr Nwadinobi and all your colleagues on your successes as I pray for many more years of accomplishments.’’
The statement said the President recalled that on 8th of March 2020, the whole world celebrated International Women’s Day and reflected on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women universally.
‘‘I will, therefore, ask Dr Nwadinobi and all members of the Medical Women’s International Association to continue to be role models for our younger sisters and daughters.
‘‘With the right encouragement, support and guidance, our womenfolk can equal the achievements of other women elsewhere,’’ Buhari was said to have told his visitors.
Dr Nwadinobi thanked the President for receiving her along with her team members, noting that with her election; the Association has not only honoured Nigeria, “but also aligned with Your Excellency’s administration in stepping up to the Next Level.”
According to the statement, she said Nigeria now has “the strongest voice in the Medical Women’s International Association, and can also be a strategic and dependable partner in transforming women’s health indices.”
Dr Nwadinobi commended efforts being made by the government to protect Nigerians from the Covid-19, stressing: “Our prayer is that in the same way we set a good example in the handling of Ebola, that we will also overcome and contain the Coronavirus.”