- Social justice crusader, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola is the new chairperson of the prestigious Southern Governors Wives Forum
- Mrs. Oyetola is a humanitarian, philanthropist, and wife of Adegboyega Oyetola, the 9th governor of Osun state
- Her colleagues in southern Nigeria deemed it fit for her to lead them and she was unanimously elected on Tuesday, June 8
FCT, Abuja - The First Lady of Osun state, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola has been unanimously elected as the chairperson of the Southern Governors Wives Forum (SGWF).
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the media office of Mrs. Oyetola on Tuesday, June 8 revealed that she was elected at the meeting of the forum held in Abuja.
Mrs. Oyetola replaces the First Lady of Edo state, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, whose tenure ended on the same day.
Also elected were the First Lady of Akwa Ibom, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, elected as vice president; the First Lady of Bayelsa, Mrs. Patience Diri elected as secretary; First Lady of Imo state, Mrs.Chioma Ikeaka-Uzodimma, treasurer.
The First Lady of Ogun state, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun emerged as the forum's welfare officer, while the First Lady of Abia state, Mrs., Nkechi Ikpeazu, emerge as the forum's public relations officer.
Delivering her acceptance speech, Mrs. Oyetola thanked her colleagues for the love displayed in unanimously electing her as the chairperson.
She pledged to build on the harmony and achievements of her predecessor, whom she described as a pragmatic leader who fostered unity among the First Ladies in the southern states of the country.
Meanwhile, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Monday, June 7 raised an alarm over the rising cases of violence against women in Nigeria.
The CSOs stated that the cases have been on the rise despite the state of emergency on the issue declared by Nigerian governors in 2020.
The groups made their concerns known at a press conference in Abuja and asked Nigerian First Ladies to intervene.
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of two new senior aides for the Office of the First Lady.
The president appointed Dr. Rukayyatu Abdulkareem Gurin as the senior special assistant on administration and women affairs in the Office of the First Lady.
The president also approved the appointment of Dr. Mohammed Kamal Abdurrahman as senior special assistant on health and development partners in the Office of the First Lady.