Updated: February 24, 2021
Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Monday, lamented that there were few women in position of power in Nigeria.
Why it matters: Mrs. Buhari’s husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed fewer women than all the recent Presidents before him in Nigeria. There is no woman among the 36 Nigerian governors, and no woman has ever been governor, president or vice president in Nigeria. The spokesperson of Mrs. Buhari herself is a man, and her pet project is mainly run by men.
Mrs. Buhari called on more women to participate in politics “to make it easy to actualize the 35% affirmative action,” her spokesperson, a man, said in a statement.
She spoke when she received the All Progressives Congress (APC) state women leaders on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mrs. Buhari called on women leaders to rally women with leadership qualities as well as integrity to contest for elective positions.
She commended the women leaders over the unity they have exhibited, saying it has given her courage.
“It is this unity that has led you to come up with a forum to speak with one voice” she expressed the hope that this unity will endure, even among women at the state level and at the grassroots.
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She also called on them to continue to support the activities of the party, saying all the empowerment and medical outreach programmes she undertakes through Future Assured programme are not only to complement party manifesto but to ensure more inclusion and economic empowerment among women.
Speaking earlier, The APC Women leader FCT, Mrs. Hailmary Aipoh recognized the motherly role of Mrs. Buhari, saying they are proud to have her as mother of the nation. She said as mobilizers of women at the grassroots, they are witnesses to the good things she is doing especially to empower women. She expressed optimism that the party will succeed in executing its programmes and “very soon there will be testimonies from Nigerians” she said the leaders have resolved to continue to work together and support the good works of the ruling party.
Mrs. Aipoh led a team made up of women leaders from the 36 states.
Also speaking at the event, wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo commended the unity among the women leaders and urged them to continue to show good example by managing the affairs of women in their states well.
At the event were women leaders including the Deputy National Women Leader of the APC, Chief Tina Adike and wife of the Governor of Sokoto state, Mrs. Maryam Mairo Tambuwal.