Widows Forum tasks Buhari on 35% affirmative
By Segun Ayobami, Kaduna
FOUNDER of a Kaduna-based non-governmental organization, Tally Widows Forum, Mrs. Nancy Talatu Harry yesterday called on President Muhamadu Buhari to at least maintain 35 percent affirmative for women in his ministerial and other appointments if he cannot go beyond it for now.
Mrs. Nancy, who decried the lesser number of women in the current ministerial list before the senate, appealed to President Buhari to look around him to get capable and trusted women to work with, especially in the remaining ministerial list.
The Widows Forum also pleaded with President Buhari not to hinge his female consideration on the allegation of corruption leveled against the former petroleum minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, saying that could be the reason why President Buhari didn’t include many women in appointments he has so far made.
According to her, “I want to appeal to President Buhari to please give us the 35 percent affirmative as he appoints those who will work in his cabinet. We are worried may be due to allegation of corruption that is leveled against Diezani, Baba is no longer interested in appointing women in key position.
“He should not look at it like that because we have tested and trusted women all around who are excelling in their various callings.
“Though I was embarrassed with Diezani corruption saga, but then, we need to be well represented both in the presidential cabinet and other key committees where issues that related to women and children will be discussed. Time has really come to stick to 35 percent women affirmative if we cannot go beyond that,” she added.