The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday called on the leadership of the military to deploy more women soldiers for internal security operations, adding that the impact of the female gender must be adequately unleashed in tackling the insecurity facing the country.
Mrs Buhari noted that Nigeria was facing security crisis partly because the armed forces had yet to redefine the role of women and explore their potential for operational effectiveness.
She stated this while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Defence Headquarters maiden annual conference on women peace and security at the National Defence College, Abuja.
The one-day conference is themed, ‘The imperative of gender mainstreaming in the Armed Forces for operational effectiveness.’
The wife of the President, who was represented by a Senior Special Assistant, Dr Hajo Sani, said, “The security issues bedeviling our country still abound probably because we are yet to redefine the Armed Forces of Nigeria to explore the potential of women for operational effectiveness. Women possess the traits of patience, perseverance, and passion.