By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The National Director of Women and Children Department of Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Nigeria Region, Reverend Apostle Mother Julia Akerele has cautioned that comes 2019 general elections; women must get half of all the political offices and called on Nigeria women seeking for elective positions to make themselves known so that every vote will go to them.
Apostle Mother Julia Akerele made this known in an interview with Reportcircle at the Celestial Church of Christ during its 11th Annual National Convention of OAIC in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria on 1st of September, 2018 against the backdrop of United Nations’ Beijing Declaration for Women on Political Representation and Nigeria’s Implementation of the 35% Affirmative Action 1999-2015, captured under the Africa Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) which was adopted by Nigeria government in 2007 and ratified in January 2012.
She also urged women in Nigeria to ensure they obtained their voter card which would be their weapon to remove men counterpart as an obstacle to women politicians as they have declared war for every political seat to ensure they install their follow women in every nooks and crannies of the country come 2019.
“We should support our follow women. We women do not support each other but we have to understanding that all of us cannot be there at once because everybody has its time rule.
“Let us drop our envy, jealousness and support any woman that comes out for political position. 2019 general election is for women. Men have taken enough; they have said enough and rule enough. Let us women stand up and take the power.
“The Nigerian politicians should put national interest before any other interest” she commanded.
Speaking on why the gathered, Apostle Mother Julia Akerele the OAIC converged in Kaduna to pray for the peaceful co-existence of Nigeria as the country move closer to another round of elections next year.
The National Director described Women and Children Department as a Department in the OAIC foundered on the African soil for Africans, informing that the convention is an annual event that creates an avenue for members to brainstorm on the societal problems.
According to her, the convention has been going from one state to other, saying when they take the convention to any state; they would choose any church that is within the Organization which is why they choose Kaduna to host the 11th Convention.
“Building a mother is like building a society, and that is one of the focuses of this organization, to build mother for better society.
“The convention is also a celebration of womanhood, bringing them together from different states of the federation, with the aim to promote unity among women of diverse”, she said.