As consultations heighten over the search for running mates , the Women for Peace in Nigeria (WOPIN),an NGO, has advocated that credible and passionate mothers in Nigeria should be considered for the position of Vice President and Deputy Governors in the country.
In a statement issued to mark the June 12 Democracy Day Anniversary by Dr.Maryam Abdullahi , President and Founder of WOPIN,the women group said although women can be good candidates for top positions, ” for decades, women have been sidelined.”
“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 therefore 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 it chicks, the future of Nigeria is at stake and the need to include women at top positions cannot be overemphasized.”
“We are therefore calling on women who have what it takes to heal Nigeria.
We have the chance to right the wrongs of past decades of being sideline, let’s make it happen. You are strong, intelligent and capable advocate of peace not just in the homes but the country at large. Let’s work together to turn our dream into a reality as we move side by side into a brand new dawn of sound political rebirth,” the women for peace said.