On Sunday, the Osun State Chapter of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove any barriers that could impede women’s participation in the upcoming elections. The Ameerah of FOMWAN in the state, Alhaja Sadiat Oladapo, encouraged women to come out and vote on Saturday while cautioning against vote-selling. She also assured that FOMWAN would increase awareness to encourage more women to participate in the election.
Dr. Jade Mohammed, former National Legal Adviser for FOMWAN and current Chairperson in charge of Gender and Good Governance for FOMWAN Osun State, urged women to vote for their preferred candidates and called on security agencies to ensure safety, particularly for women, during the election. Dr. Mohammed also appealed to INEC to establish separate queues for men and women at polling centers to prevent unnecessary mingling.
Other FOMWAN leaders, including Dr. Lateefat Durosinmi, Alhaja Lateefat Giwa, Alhaja Kudirat Nafiu, and Alhaja Suaibat Bolanle Babalola-Adubi, requested that INEC address any barriers that may hinder women from participating in the election.
The guest speaker, Riyike Pade-Omishakin of the National Orientation Agency, sensitized Muslim women to their responsibilities during the election and encouraged active participation.
FOMWAN also conducted special prayers for peaceful general elections in Nigeria in 2023