Abuja - A local political organisation has disapproved the composition of President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposed cabinet citing the under-representation of women.
Shadow Cabinet of Nigeria (SCN) pointed out three women had been nominated.
“It is highly alarming that out of the twenty one (21) ministerial nominees as announced by the Nigerian Senate, only three women made the list and to worsen the situation, they are currently facing a backlash of sorts from their respective states,” said SCN Secretary of Women Affairs and Social Development, Nkechi Ugwu.
The official said it was on record that the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan gave women a 35 percent “political playing field”, which motivated and led to the active participation and empowerment of the women in a democratic setting.
“We expect this administration to consolidate on such precedent and not destroy it completely,” said Ugwu.
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The official said during the last administration, they saw increased participation of women in public administration, though not without the attendant controversies.
“The giant strides they made and their collective landmark achievements would remain a point of reference for years to come. The Buhari led government seems poised on taking us back to the old era.”
Ugwu nonetheless said while not undermining the cultural and religious impediments this administration might be facing due to the region and religious faith of the President, the organisation said he had brace up to the realities of true democracy, federalism and development.
“We hope that the Buhari led administration would henceforth show true equity and fairness as far as gender roles in governance is concerned.”
SCN defines itself as an innovative style of opposition politics in Nigeria modeled after the United Kingdom and Australia.
- CAJ News