‘Women should in­still spirit of unity in their chil­dren’ Ha­jiya Kande Garba

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - Ha­jiya Kande Garba

is the founder and chair­per­son of Wazobia Women United As­so­ci­a­tion which preaches unity among Nige­rian women, eco­nom­i­cally em­pow­ers wid­ows, or­phans and the less priv­i­leged. Ha­jiya Kande, who is not let­tered, pur­sues women rights and em­pow­er­ment with pas­sion. In this in­ter­view, she speaks on women’s role in en­sur­ing peace and unity in the coun­try, child up­bring­ing, and in­volve­ment in pol­i­tics, among oth­ers.

This should be put in place from the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to all lev­els of govern­ment.

Men should also stop cheat­ing and trick­ing women in the po­lit­i­cal arena. They should al­low women to play their part.

How do you get the funds to em­power the women?

The mem­bers nor­mally con­trib­ute the money we use to sup­port the less priv­i­leged ones in our midst or em­power oth­ers. We don’t have any sup­port. Like re­cently we taxed our­selves and brought in a fa­cil­i­ta­tor who taught the women how to make soap, de­ter­gent, room fresh­en­ers to men­tion a few. This is to make them self re­liant but the prob­lem is start up cap­i­tal. Af­ter learn­ing many still don’t have money to start busi­ness. So we are call­ing for sup­port for the as­so­ci­a­tion to as­sist these

women.

As an el­derly per­son what wor­ries you about the fam­ily unit that should be changed?

We were raised with high re­gards for morals and ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior. These days you see boys sag­ging their trousers and leav­ing their pants on dis­play for the pub­lic. Our ladies dress in­ap­pro­pri­ately with scary make up.

Some moth­ers look the other way or are neg­li­gent in their du­ties when they see their chil­dren go­ing wrong. Many youths to­day take hard drugs and these drugs make them vi­o­lent and do other evil things. Moth­ers should be able to con­demn such be­hav­iours in their chil­dren.

Also chris­tians and mus­lims lived to­gether in peace. Now what we see is ha­tred and di­vi­sive­ness in all ar­eas. We should all see our­selves as serv­ing the same God and re­spect one an­other. We should es­chew re­li­gious and eth­nic vi­o­lence.

That is why in this as­so­ci­a­tion, we have women from all re­li­gious and eth­nic groups. I am from Kaduna State. There is no dis­crim­i­na­tion, we preach unity and one­ness.

Awolowo, Azikiwe and Sau­dana were from dif­fer­ent reli­gions and tribes yet they worked to­gether to build this coun­try. We too should build on their work and en­sure unity amongst our­selves and let our chil­dren see and con­tinue with it.

Women should raise their chil­dren with re­spect and love for oth­ers ir­re­spec­tive of their tribe or re­li­gion. They should not in­still di­vi­sive­ness in their chil­dren but one­ness. They should teach them the im­por­tance of unity amongst Nige­ri­ans and our coun­try will be bet­ter.

Wazobia Women United As­so­ci­a­tion teach­ing women how to make de­ter­gent.

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