Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged to support all initiatives and activities of wives of heads of mission in Nigeria aimed at promoting beneficial relationship with their home countries .
Mrs Buhari made the pledge while hosting the wives of heads of mission to a cocktail Saturday evening at the Presidential Villa, Abuja .
She said the roles of the wives of heads of mission weree crucial in every sense with high expectations of promoting social and cultural image of their respective countries.
The Wife of the President who lamented the challenges facing women, especially in accessing healthcare, said that her doors were open for any further input in that area and those activities that could have positive impact on children .
According to her “one of the biggest challenges facing women and children in Nigeria is access to healthcare services ” .
She informed the wives of the heads of mission that her initiative tagged “future Assured ” was designed to spearhead advocacy for improved health and promotion of health status of the vulnerable but marginalized section of the population .
Mrs Buhari, who said she looked forward to another round of meeting with her guests explained that their get together was to honour them and to interact on issues of mutual benefit to both parties for sustained cordial relationship .
She further said, “as you all come from far away, it comes with many challenges but for those of you who have been in Nigeria for long will agree with me that the hospitality of our people will make you feel at home, see Nigeria as a second home even after completing your tenure in the country.”
Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, while welcoming then, noted that the world is a global villege as things are happening and felt globally.
She said this was an opportunity provided by Mrs Buhari to intaract with them to explore areas of collaboration between Nigeria and their various countries.
Speaking on behalf of the guests, Mrs Elza Lima, wife of the Brazilian Ambassador, commended Mrs Buhari for the initiative, saying it would strengthen the relationship of their various countries and Nigeria .
It is the first time Mrs Buhari is meeting with the wives of heads of mission since the inception of the present administration.
Senior Female officials of Government , legislators and politicians were also at the event