A member of the House of Representatives representing Akoko North East/West, Hon. Bunmi Tunji-Ojo has appealed to girl-child and gender balance advocates to also extend child development training to male children, in order to raise responsible husbands in the society.
Bunmi Ade-Ojo popularly known as BTO, made the appeal in Abuja today during a chat with some members of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ondo State chapter who were in the Federal Capital city to attend the 30th anniversary of the association in Nigeria.
According to him, focusing the gender balance advocacy on empowering and encouraging girl children to become virtuous, selfless and successful women in the future, without also commiting male children into moral training, would endanger the lives of the girls in future.
Ade-Ojo who lamented the rate of divorce in our society, however attributed the ugly development to husbands who were not well-trained from childhood.
The lawmaker who expressed dissatisfaction with the low female representation in the national assembly, stressed the need for women in politics to convince the public that they are capable to represent them through integrity.
According to him, women cannot be given special treatment just because they are women, but must be able to demonstrate that they have moral, psychological and physical capacity to occupy political offices.
He noted that marginalisation is more psychological than physical, adding that a determined woman cannot be marginalized.
He cited Whitney Houston as an example of a well-trained woman but married to a drug addict, who eventually ruined her and their only daughter.
“When you have peace at home you will go out and make exploits; many ladies are on illicit drug act due to the influence of boyfriends”, he said.
According to him, the irresponsible men in our societies today are products of the future that the yesterday leaders gave to that generation.
To build a sustainable environment, and a society that’ll be able to uphold the tenet of development, Ade-Ojo advocated boy child training to complement the girl child empowerment advocacy.
“We are doing more damage to the girl child with the ideology of protecting them, thereby creating the fear of being inferior. We must be careful with the advocacy.
“Gender equality is better to pursue. I don’t support a woman to be in a position just because she’s a woman but must be knowledge-based, capable to deliver.
He therefore charged the women journalists to embark on massive enlightenment and advocacy programme for women to strategise on securing the elected offices while assuring them his support to collaborate their advocacy programmes.
Earlier in her address, the NAWOJ Chairperson, Mrs. Doris Olumoko had briefed the lawmaker on the mission and vision of the association to advocate a society that is free of violence against women and children.