Politics

Work together, be teachable, Tinubu tells female lawmakers

The First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, on Wednesday in Abuja, urged female lawmakers in the 10th National Assembly to work together and remain teachable as they discharge their duties for the next four years.

“As a former lawmaker, I advise you to please work together, irrespective of party affiliation, because the success of the nation depends on this…my advice is that, be teachable. Stay that way. Learn new things. Try it. You can’t say you are all-knowing,” Mrs. Tinubu said when she received female Senators and Members of the House of Representatives at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Special Adviser to the First Lady, Busola Kukoyi, disclosed this in a statement she signed on Wednesday titled, ‘The First Lady Oluremi Tinubu encourages female National Assembly members to remain committed to constituents.’

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, in her remarks, said, “You are the women here at the National Assembly for the masses, and you should not take this for granted”.

“As a former Lawmaker, I advise you to please work together, irrespective of party affiliation, because the success of the nation depends on this”.

In her advice to the women, the First Lady highlighted the importance of lifelong learning and adaptability.

She stressed the benefits of trying new things and implementing novel approaches in their duties as lawmakers and women.

Furthermore, Mrs. Tinubu advised the women not to overlook their gender when fighting for power, stating, “When men are in the position of power, they do not see gender, so you as women should not fight a man who does not see gender when fighting for power.”

She urged the women not to lose their femininity in the execution of their duties.

“The joy here is that you made it. Now you have to sustain it. Men will be men. I believe that women don’t have to be men to sustain what they have.

“God created us as women; we shouldn’t lose our feminity. And that’s what we should use to get what we want. When I give this advice, it is not to put you down but to really help.

“Men have the ego to be the leaders. I have seen colleagues of mine and how they got by, honouring men to get what they want. But when you say you want to fight, a man will match you to fight. And they don’t see gender. I am married to a politician of high…how do I describe my husband? I have seen some of it,” she explained.

She prayed that the female lawmakers with pending court cases would secure victory.

In her remarks, the representatives of the Female National Assembly members, Kafilat Ogbara representing Kosofe Federal Constituency, Lagos, said Wednesday’s visit was to congratulate the First Lady on the success of the 2023 general elections that brought into office President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima.

They pledged their support and cooperation towards nation-building and promised to extend their assistance to the First Lady whenever necessary.

The delegation visiting the First Lady comprised three Senators and fifteen members of the House of Representatives.