In Nigeria and around the world, women are underrepresented in politics and different levels in Government. In Nigeria, only 6 women were appointed ministers out of the 37 ministerial portfolios during the President Muhammad Buhari first term in Office. More so, in Nigeria’s 8th assembly, 7 out of 109 members of the Senate are women, and 22 out of 360 seats in the House of Representatives are women. One of President Muhammad Buhari key promises during the campaign for re-election in 2019 was a promise to engage more youths and women in his administration.
Globally, it has been recognised that women inclusive participation in politics has benefits in economic growth, peace building, policy changes among others. As it is right now, women represent less than 7% in Nigeria’s politics. We therefore urge President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure 35percent women representation in his next cabinet, to accelerate the nation’s development.