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Ninth Assembly: Nigeria deserves female speaker – Women advocates

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

As struggle for leadership position in the National Assembly continues, some Nigerian women advocating for inclusion of women in politics, on Thursday urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and lawmakers in the House of Representatives to back the only female lawmaker jostling for speakership seat in June.

This, the group, under the aegis of Advocates for Women Inclusion in Leadership (AWIL) said at a press briefing in Abuja that will encourage women’s participation in politics, adding that values for the Nigerian life should always be priority.

Briefing journalists, the Convener of AWIL, Ms Ndi Kato said, in fairness and justice, it is important to support the aspiration of the Mrs Nkiru Onyejeocha, who was elected on the platform of APC, as the next speaker for the House of Representatives considering that she’s the only female lawmaker contesting for the seat.

Kato said Onyejeocha, who is representing Isiukwuato/ Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia State is qualified to hold the position, having spent four terms consecutively in the green chamber with different bills credited to her.

According to Kato, the lawmaker had chaired Aviation committee in 2011, where she focused on upgrading our airports to international standards, sanitising the system to rid if of rot and and corruption and pushed for accountability in ensuring the safety of human lives.

She added that they will not crawl through mud to plead for consideration when a leader is deserving and equipped to serve, that according to her will be siding with limitation.

Her words, “We are not leaning on pleas to consider one who is not qualified but standing on the capacity of a woman who has broken every limitation set before, a woman whose life mirrors the possibility of what Nigeria can be if we stay focused and build despite the odds.

“With every sense of responsibility and pride, we insist that Hon Nkiru Onyejeocha is the most qualified of all the candidates vying with both parliamentary, administrative and executive experiences and knowledge.

“While the capacity to lead stands her out, it is also important for her fellow lawmakers and Nigerians to know that in the context of the raging agitation over fairness, zoning, inclusion, sensitive to diversity, ethno-religious balancing and a sense of belonging for all Nigerians as enshrined in the constitution of federal republic of Nigeria and her party, she towers above the rest in meeting this criterion. Her leadership means unity for Nigeria and inclusion for all sides.”

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