Is Nigeria ready for a female president? Oby Ezekwesili certainly thinks so. The 2019 elections are literally around the corner, and the politicians are out in full swing to convince us that they’re the best for the job.
Most Nigerians have lost hope with politics and government, but Oby Ezekwesili’s presidential bid, under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), brings new hope for two reasons – her impeccable track record and the fact that she’s a woman. In a recent interview with Christine Amanpour, Oby Ekwesili discussed her presidential ambition and the changes she intends to make as president.
She talked about how unacceptable it was that Nigeria had become the poverty capital of the world and that she intended to “build a nation that is based on prosperity, stability, cohesion, and equality of opportunities for our people.”
“I am a better candidate than the men that are in this race, and even they will tell you that. I’m simply going to keep on with the issues that I want to solve and be a problem solver,” she told CNN.
It’s pretty refreshing to see a woman of Ms Ezekwesili’s calibre going for the highest office in the country. A study by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) revealed that there is less than 15% participation of Nigerian women in political office.
The report mentions that out of 109 Senate seats, women currently occupy only 7 and only 22 of the 360 seats in the House of Representatives are occupied by women. There are currently 6 female deputy governors.
As much as Oby Ezekwesili appears to be a great candidate, Amanpour made a statement that got us thinking – “Every Nigerian President since the end of the military rule has come from one of 2 major political parties…”
Do candidates like Oby Ezekwesili stand a chance? Let’s vote and hope that they do!
Ethiopia has a female president, do you think Ezekwesili can be Nigeria’s first? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.
Meanwhile, you can watch Oby Ezekwesili’s CNN interview below:
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