The Nigeria political landscape has not known real peace, fairness and political equity in all these years. The 2007 elections that brought the late President Musa Yar’Adua to power was as faulty as the just concluded elections that brought into power some governors and members of the National and State Assemblies. Be that as it may, the machinery of governance has been set in motion.
Before the just concluded elections, a lot of interest has risen both locally and internationally, as regards the participation of more women in the election and also in governance, which also, President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted to the fulfilment of the provision of National Gender policy that is, giving 35% of appointive positions to women without disclosing the mechanism with which he will achieve it.
If you ask me, I will advice that some of the female candidates who contested elections across various party platforms, should be considered for government appointment at both state and federal levels so they can bring their lofty ideas to bear on governance in the country. A good number of them lost the elections not because of incompetence but because they were simply rigged out. Now that the men have all rigged out the women, it is only rational that Mr President and his team help to balance the equation by giving more female candidates appointments into the government to make for a balance and fair play in the political realm, of the nation.
A lot of non-governmental organisations, women groups, and concerned citizens are putting their voices together, seeking Mr President's attention on the need to give women their fair share of the opportunity to serve motherland and to contribute to the growth and development of their various communities and the nation at large. Let me tell you something Mr President, the female candidates are saying that if they are given the opportunity to serve, they will ensure that they help you make your leadership one of the best in the history of Nigeria so far.
Female Candidates in Nigeria as coordinated by Mrs. Feyi Fajuyi, has suggested that if Mr President is in doubt or troubled about the 35% Affirmative Action for Women, he should give 10% to female technocrats, 10% to active female politicians, 10% to female politicians (that is those who clap and wear uniforms for active politicians), and the remaining 5% to both Mr President and Madam Presidents female friends, admirers, sisters and lovers, provided they are all female at least to fill in the 35% affirmative action slot.
If by the time the Government kicks off in full scale, with 35% women representation on board, Mr President will be glad he did stand firm by the female politicians who will help him reshape and take Nigeria to the next level of human capital, Infrastructural and power development. Most of all, they will ensure that the rate of corruption and corrupt practices in the corridors of government, is cut down to the barest minimum.
Coordinator of the south south league of Female Candidates, Madam Patience Osaroejiji, also promised that women will never to be a part of the corruption happening in Government and above all, they will bring their motherly love, care and un-alloyed dedication to serve motherland and to promote good ethics and the fear of God in their work place and the Nation at large.