Obasanjo Says Nigerians Should Consider A Female President
Only two of the 20 chairmen are women, and only two of the 26 seats in the House of Assembly are held by women.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerians to consider choosing a female president to enhance the country’s growth and development.
The comment was delivered during the 5th Egba Dialect Debate and Choral Competition for Secondary Schools in Ogun State.
Obasanjo emphasized the need for gender equality in nation-building, arguing that focusing entirely on one gender will stifle development. He emphasized that both genders have significant experiences to share, with the sole biological difference being females’ capacity to produce children.
The former president said unequivocally that there is no inherent barrier to a female becoming President of Nigeria.
Ogun State Deputy Governor Naimot Salako-Oyedele also raised worry over women’s underrepresentation in government. She reported that just 18 of Ogun State’s 236 councilors are female.
Furthermore, just two of the 20 chairmen are women, and only two of the 26 seats in the House of Assembly are held by women.
The lack of female representation persists at the highest levels, with just one female House of Representatives member and no female senators. Salako-Oyedele, also a deputy governor, urged women to become involved in grassroots politics to have the required experience for promotion to higher elected posts.
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