President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday attended a thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the life of Prof Jacob Francis Aniku in Degia village, Lower Madi County, Arua District.
“My nephew, Dr Okia, who is son of my sister, Dr Kajubi, marries Josephine, a daughter of Prof Aniku, who also served in the Constituent Assembly,” Museveni said.
He described Prof Aniku as a distinguished person, who beat the odds by raising to professional heights from a humble place like Degia.
“By celebrating him, we immortalise Prof Aniku,” the president said, adding, “When you forget dead people, you discourage others who could have wanted to follow in their footsteps.”
People should not neglect the girl child. Prof. Aniku only had daughters but ensured they were educated, the president noted.
He said Africans do not care about girl children which he called a bad old culture that the NRM has always discouraged.
“That is why we created all these positions of woman MPs. God creates us but it is our mothers who carry us for the nine months.”
He added: “If a pregnant woman is irresponsible and takes substances, the baby would die. The man can’t save you.”
According to Museveni, the African culture of looking down on women, therefore, is wrong.
“I will work with the widow, the area MP and the children to find ways of empowering the community, something Prof Aniku would have done.”