Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim’s wife and council member Aishath Nahula said she would not refuse if given an opportunity to serve the people in the political arena.
When questioned whether she would accept such an opportunity during VTV’s ‘Fasmanzaru’ program, Aishath Nahula confirmed that she would indeed accept such an opportunity from president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s government and said the important thing is not the position or the job.
Noting that every single citizen of the country should serve the country politically, Aishath Nahula said if given such an opportunity presents itself, she would definitely take it.
“I believe the important thing is not a position, but rather extending my services for the country. It is not important what the position is or what job is offered from a party, the important thing is accepting to serve the people, when the chance surfaces. I would welcome any chance to serve the country to the best of my ability”, Aishath Nahula said.
She said when she began campaigning for Solih, her perspective on the issue was completely different. Her campaign work was fueled by Qasim’s exile and son Ibrahim Siyad Qasim’s arrest. Her family’s dire circumstances drove her to the political field, when she was given the opportunity to stand up and speak against the oppression that was taking place, she said.
Aishath Nahula said during her travels to the islands and meeting with various people, she came to realize the extent of the neglect the people were living in. Meeting and talking with them, witnessing the way they lived and the hardship they were facing, painted a very clear picture of how much they needed help and that there must be something that she, as a citizen of this country, can do to help, she said.
When asked about the lack of Qasim’s family members in the political arena and whether Qasim disapproved of political involvement, Aishath Nahula said Qasim is not one to stop a wife or child from pursing anything. If any of his children wants to enter the political arena, Qasim would support and enable this, she said.
“The real question is why I entered the political field. In the past 12 years that I had spent with Qasim, he had repeatedly prompted me to enter this field. However I kept refusing this, due to various reasons. I had studied marketing, a field far from the political arena, and I had visions to begin my own line of work. Hence, due to this and raising our young children, I had no desire to enter the political field then”, JP leader’s wife said.