A Non-Governmental Organisation, the Women for Peace in Nigeria (WOPIN), is advocating that women should be considered for the position of Vice President and Deputy Governors as consultations over the search for running mates heighten in the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by the President and Founder of WOPIN, Dr Maryam Abdullahi, to mark the June 12 Democracy Day Anniversary
According to the group, ” for decades, women have been sidelined.” even when they are good candidates for top positions.
“We are therefore using this forum to call on women and bring them into mainstream governance. As excellent backbones of strong and successful families, it is time to change the narration of governance in Nigeria.”
“The consciousness of the citizens should be heightened to include men and women for a balanced Nigeria, and as we can see, near-total exclusion of women in governmental affairs of this country has led us to where we are today.”
“We are calling on all the presidential candidates to pick females as their running mates, as true change is what Nigeria deserves. There can never be a mother in the house, and the children go hungry. A mother hen is naturally protective of its chicks, Nigeria’s future is at stake, and the need to include women at top positions cannot be overemphasised.”
“Angela Mackel of Germany stabilised the world, and so did other women like Mrs Helen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, who led her country out of the refuse of civil war, as well as other strong, powerful women. The list goes on and on.”
“Nigeria at this time needs women’s inclusion in its mainstream politics. Women, passionate mothers, must stand up for women in leadership. We need leaders, not politicians. Mothers that will consider the future of our next generation and not politicians looking forward to the next election.”
“Our call is not for gender equality but the inclusion of women in the country’s political structure for a more balanced and progressive Nigeria. We are therefore calling on all women to come on board for a better Nigeria, for the sake of our children and the future generation.”
“Remember, women formed a large block of the population of this country. A society is a better society if women and mothers are better people and included in the management of the society. If we cannot be the head, we should be the neck.”
“We are calling on women who have what it takes to heal Nigeria.
“We have the chance to right the wrongs of past decades of being sidelined. Let’s make it happen. You are a strong, intelligent and capable advocate of peace in the homes and the country at large. Let’s work together to turn our dream into a reality as we move side by side into brand new dawn of sound political rebirth,” the women group stated.