By Victoria Ikeano
The First Lady of Nasarawa State, Hajia Silifa Abdullahi A. Sule has lauded women of the state for their hard work, commitment as well as the cooperation given her as First Lady and Mother of the state. In an exclusive interview with Nasarawa Eye, Hajia Silifa said that they had been cooperative and supportive of her.
Asked about her experiences as First Lady in the past few months, the First Lady replied, “so far so good” .She explained that patience is key to success in any endeavour, not least being a First Lady. Also, noting that ‘’you cannot satisfy everybody”, Hajia Silifa maintained that the important thing was for one do one’s best.
Answering another question, the Nasarawa State First Lady said that because of her background, she can fit into wherever she finds herself, just as she is comfortable in any environment. “I can mingle with the rich and the poor, no problem”.
She felicitated with Nasarawa women and the people at large on the occasion the 23rd anniversary of the state’s creation, wishing them the best. According to her, her husband, Governor Abdullahi Sule’s objective is to take Nasarawa state and its people to the next level. “More especially, he wants to teach them how to catch fish, not to give them fish”, said she.
Hajia Silifa who is Nasarawa State’s fourth First Lady since Nigeria’s return to civil rule in 1999, disclosed that she was already working on her pet project to be called, Silifa Abdullahi Sule Hope Foundation (SAS). A comprehensive project, it aims to tackle issues like, drug abuse, girl-child education, women and youth empowerment, among others.
Speaking rather passionately about the girl child, the state’s First Lady stated that both male and female children should be treated equally, stressing, “the girl-child should be valued and made to feel just as important as the male child”.
She urged women and youths not to sell off various empowerment materials that would be given to them during such programmes. She concluded by praying for peaceful co-existence and harmony in the state, remarking that there can be no meaningful progress without peace.