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Civil society angry at female ministers sacking

13 September 2013, 14:22

Abuja - Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has condemned the sacking of five female ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan wielded the axe on the ministers this week in yet another development analysts said highlighted the fissures in the ruling party ahead of the general election scheduled for 2015.

“CISLAC is shocked to find out that the major casualties in this maneuver are women. This appears to be hinged on the current crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as four of the Ministers are from the States whose governors decamped from the PDP. In order words, the abysmal dismissal is highly political and women are victimized through this singular act as usual,” Auwal Musa the group’s executive director said in a statement.

“This act contradicts President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim to 32 percent affirmative action for women, since about 70 percent of the Ministers sacked are women. It will be recalled that 2011 elections produced even less women in government but President Jonathan used appointive position to make it up to the 32 percent which his political allies allude to as part of his political achievement."

The group said the sack did not only negate the. President’s transformation agenda but also “made a mockery of our country’s effort towards women empowerment, gender equality and inclusiveness in the national political arena.”

“So far, women are highly marginalized as a result of the patriarchal society Nigeria finds herself in and other factors such as misuse of tradition, religion and poverty," said Musa.

CISLAC is a non-governmental, non-profit, advocacy, information sharing, research, and capacity building organisation.  Its mission is to strengthen the link between civil society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building for civil society groups and policy makers on legislative processes and governance issues.

– CAJ News


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