Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on the Federal Government to initiate policies that would empower young girls in the country.


He made the call in a statement by his media office to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl-Child on Wednesday in Abuja,


Atiku said that girls should grow up believing that they could do, and become anything they wished.

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He said that Nigeria’s population of young girls was an army of problem-solvers waiting to be unleashed, if only they could be given equal access to quality education.


“Bear in mind that when we educate the girl-child, we educate a family, educate a community and eventually end up educating a nation.

“Until we prioritise the education of the girl-child, there will continue to be a limit on how far and well we can develop as a nation in the 21st century,” he said.

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The former vice president noted that gone were the days when all that a girl was groomed to become was a “beautiful bride who would one day satisfy a man by keeping the house and the kitchen’’.

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He said that Nigerian girls should be empowered to function in all spheres of human endeavour.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the International Day of the Girl-Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations.

The day is marked on the Oct.11 annually across the world and was first observed in 2012. (NAN)