Women are Wonderful creature’s and gift from God to to the nation, women are not only helpers to man but saviours to mankind if we look at it from a comfortable zone. There is always a saying that goes this way “what a man could do a woman can do much better“. And it baffles me when women are not given equal right in the society we live. Nigeria is a blessed country, since the past years, we have come encounter with different leaders who have ruled us in different dimensions even before independent (1960), women have not been given the Chance for presidency even when allowed to campaign, still yet no case of a woman has been recorded as a president of our great country Nigeria.
Nigeria is not a developed country by any reasonable measure. The country’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) is much too low, as are the country’s living standard based on its economy, health care, and living standard, Nigeria is a long way from being classified as a developed country.
Nigeria is a very patriarchal society, a situation which informs why the political sector is dominated by men.
Cultural and religious beliefs are some barriers to women’s participation in the political sector of the country.
With only eight women in the Senate, Nigeria has one of the lowest levels of women’s representation in Parliament across Africa.
In the 2019 election, 2,970 women compete for a variety of political positions, forming 11.36% of the candidates nominated, the study by the centre for the Democracy and Development (CDD) shows.
However, after the elections, only 64 women get elected to the political office, makes up only 4.17%.
Below are list of women which I think can make Nigeria great if elected for the post of a president.
Oby Ezekwesili is a household name in Nigerian politics. Trained as a chartered accountant with an impressive resume, Ezekwesili served as federation minister twice.
Oby is recognised worldwide for bringing pressing issues to the forefront by using her passionate voice and fervent advocacy spirit.
Oby, a G100 visionary, is an economic policy expert and was a candidate for the office of the President of Nigeria in the 2019 elections, Prior to that, she was vice President of the world bank’s Africa division and Also minister of Education. She also co-founded transparency international as well as #BringBackOurGirls movement.
However, in 2019, charismatic woman taking a shot at the presidency on the platform of the allied Congress party of Nigeria (APCN).
With the promise to provide alternative leadership that will address the critical challenges facing the country, Ezekwesili, through a presidential debate and open forum, along with plans for the country of elected.
Although she later resigned due to a conflict of interest with the leadership APCN, Ezekwesili certainly challenging patriarchy in politics and gives glimmer of hope that the goal of achieving political inclusion is indeed possible.
Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri-Erewa is a public servant, Nigerian politician and former member of the Nigeria Federal House of Representative representing Ikorodu Constituency in Lagos State (2003-2015). She was the chairman of the House Committee on media & publicity.
She was also the former chair of the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, and was elected for the first time in 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and 20011.
In 2015, she was appointed as the senior Special Assistant to president Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.
She is the incumbent Chairman/CEO of Nigerian in Diaspora Commission.
She is proactive and she is a tweet away to resolve issues Concerning the welfare of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
Onyeka Onwenu is a Nigerian Singer/songwriter, actress, human right activist, social activist, journalist, Politician, and former X factor series judge. Dubbed the “Elegant stallion by the Nigeria press, she is a former chairperson of the IMO state council for Arts and culture and currently the Executive Director/Chief Executive officer of the National Centre for women Development.
She is a member of the People’s Democratic party (PDP). She has contested twice to become the Local council chairman of her local government, ideato North Local Government Area of IMO state, and lost at both attempts.
In 2000, Onwenu protested against her former employer NTA over their refusal to pay royalties on her songs (NTA 2 channel 5 had used “iyogogo”, a track from the onyeka album. In station idents without asking her permission), and after then-director general Ben Murray-Bruce blacklisted her from transmission she embarked on a hunger strike outside the station’s premises.
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Onwenu’s activism attracted widespread support from various artist, including charly Boy, who lambasted Nigeria’s reluctance to pay royalties when songs are broadcast in television and radio. NTA resolved to settle the issues amicably, but denied barring Onwenu from appearing on their channels. The protest was called off after six days when Onwenu and NTA entered into an arrangement to pay royalties.
Ngozi okonjo-iweala is a Nigerian born economist and international development expert. She sits on the boarss of Standard chartered Bank, Global Alliance for Vaccines and immunization (GAIVI), and the African Risk capacity (ARC).
Okonjo-iweala served twice as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and also as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. She was the first female to hold both positions. During her first term as Minister of Finance under president Obasanjo’s Administration, she spearheaded negotiations with the Paris club that led to the wiping out of US$30 billion of Nigeria debt, including the cancellation of US$18 billion. In 2003 with her effort Nigeria macroeconomic management including the implementation of an oil price based fiscal rule where revenue accruing above a reference benchmark oil price were saved in a special account.
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She also implement the practice of publishing each State’s monthly financial allocation from the Federal Government of Nigeria in the Newspaper. This action increased Ji transparency in governance. With the support of the World Bank and the IMF to the Federal Government Of Nigeria, she also helped build an electronic financial management platform, the Government Integrated Financial Management And information System (GIFMIS), including the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Integrated Payroll and personnel Information System (IPPIS), helping to curtial corruption in the process. As at December 31st, 2014, the IPPIS platform had already eliminated 62,893 ghost workers from the system and save the Nigerian government about ,$1.25 billion in the process.
Natasha Akpoti is a Nigerian Barrister, social entrepreneur and politician. In 2018, she declared her intention to run for the office of the Senator Central Kogi representing the Nigerian Senate under the auspices of the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
She contested In the Kogi State Governorship election held on 16 November 2019.
The road to the emerging candidate of the party and finally participating in the election was very hard, but she never relent, it was beset by political thugs, disqualified at some point but later recovered to retrieve the ticket through an order judicial.
Am association of small scale steel distributors claimed that Akpoti was running a campaign sponsored by the government to discredit and enrich some corporate interest but a supreme court sitting in Abuja ordered the editor of the newspaper authority, Uba and Williams Ifeanyi Orji must pay the sum of ten million naira damage to Natasha Akpoti for publishing defamatory against her.
6. Aisha Jammai Al-Hassan
Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan popularly known as Mama Taraba is a Nigerian politician. She is widely known as “Mama Taraba”, because of her increased influence in the politics of her state.
She resigned as the Minister of women Affairs of Nigeria on July 27th, 2018. also she was appointed In 2015 to the cabinet of president Muhammadu Buhari after his election, she was previously a Senate, representing Taraba North senatorial district of Taraba state, Nigeria which she won under the platform of the people’s Democratic party (PDP) she later decamped to the main, opposition party All progressive Congress (APC) and became the gubernatorial candidate of the party in Taraba State for the 2015 general elections. She was defeated in the election re-rub held on 25 April 2015 l, but on 7 November 2015 tribunal removes Tarabal Governor, Darius ishaku, declares Aisha Alhassan of the All Progressive Congress Winner of April 11, 2015 poll, this was later reversed by the Appeal and Supreme court’s of Nigeria.
Nigeria’s economic potential is constrained by many structural issues, including inadequate infrastructure, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, obstacles to investment. Lack of confidence in currency valuation, and limited foreign exchange capacity.
You should see reasons with me that If women are given the chance to rule Nigeria, there is tendency that the economy will grow, things will Change, there will be decrease in unemployment, decrease in crime rate, less corruption, unlimited power supply, improve in trade deficit, youth empowerment, base on woman love for Power, they will be growth in our Educational sector, Nigeria will become a peaceful country to live and trade in.
Should women be allowed for the post of the president? should we continue allowing confused men who up till this extent don’t know what we as citizens want? What do you think?