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Politics of Wednesday, 19 January 2022


2023: Go beyond paying lip service, put women in vital positions - Aisha Buhari to APC

First Lady, Aisha Buhari First Lady, Aisha Buhari

First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to put women in vital offices in government.

According to her, the APC governors would be blamed if women did not get the 35 per cent affirmative action in political appointments and administration.

She said this at the National Progressive Women’s Conference in Abuja.

The National Gender Policy (NGP) had put together a 35 per cent Affirmative Action (AA) in Nigeria since 2006. This policy demands that 35 per cent of women be involved in all governance processes.

“This is the first time the national women conference of the APC is being held to establish our commitment to setting the position of women in matters of national importance, especially in increasing the visibility of women, positioning women for future political offices, and encouraging them to aspire more towards the progress of our great party.

“Since 2015, I’ve had the privilege of engaging Nigerian women across the entire country, my conviction is that Nigeria’s future is entirely dependent on actually using the potential of our women. It is no mere coincidence that parties that have grown strong, prosperous and influential have prioritised women’s participation in national building. I, therefore, wish to call upon the APC to double its efforts in promoting women. This, I believe, will serve as one of the objectives of this conference.

“As Nigeria races towards another election, we must go beyond paying lip service to putting women in vital offices within our party and the government. We must put in place workable strategies to ensure this actually happens, charity begins at home,” the First Lady said.