CEO Women Radio Writes Buhari, lists expectations




By Chimezie Godfrey

#TrackNigeria – The CEO of  Women Radio 91.7  Toun Okewale Sonaiya,  has written a letter to newly re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari  reminding him of the huge role played by women in his reelection and the need to involve  more women in his government

Sonaiya said in the letter, seen by Newsdiaryonline, “Your Excellency, you will recall that even your opponents agree that your 2015 victory was a watershed moment in our history that signaled a new beginning of great possibilities. Unfortunately, we have had less to celebrate in the area of women representation in your governance and the feminization of poverty in Nigeria. Amongst other not so impressive statistics in the last 4 years, you nominated only 6 women out of 36 ministerial positions. This represents a paltry 16% as against the 31% of women representation in the administration before you.

“Particularly worthy of note, are the millions of women across ethnic, religious and even class divide who voted for you in 2015 and have done same in the 2019 elections. While the data released by INEC on collected PVCs for the 2019 elections do not break down by sex, available 2015 presidential election voter turnout data shows that housewives were the third highest group out of the nine groups that voted. In 2015, three million, six hundred and sixty-seven thousand, and seventy-six (3,667,076) housewives voted in the presidential election, placing next to students (4,480,708) and civil servants (4,628,433).

“Similarly, housewives rank third on the list of registered voters by group in the 2019 election. That fraction out of women’s vote represent 14.10 per cent of the total registered voters by group, next to farmers/fishers (16.23 per cent) and students (26.57 per cent). This figure does not include the millions of women across the various other groups who make up the total votes from Women.

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She reminded Buhari of the progressbeing made in some African countries with respect to involvement of women in governance. “A gentle reminder your Excellency that Ethiopia under a man had a 50/50 gender balance cabinet to the applause of the global community. Today, a woman is steering that ship. Rwandan women make up 64% of its parliament, 50% of its cabinet & 44% in Judiciary. Under your renewed leadership, Nigeria must reclaim and maintain its position as African Giant” Sonaiya said.

Read the full text of her letter to Buhari below:

His Excellency,

President Muhammudu Buhari,

President, Federal Republic of Nigeria,

Nigeria 

Your Excellency Sir,

CONGRATULATIONS AND CALL TO ACTION

On behalf of Nigerian Women home and abroad who are lovers of peace and believers in Democracy, congratulations on your victory at the just concluded presidential Elections of 23rd Febuary 2019.

This is indeed not an ordinary achievement for the majority of the Nigerian people to decide to keep faith with you despite our renowned reputation of inpatience. This speaks to the uncommon faith reposed in you as a person of Integrity. While I do not want to soil your victory celebration, I want you to know that your victory is not a referendum on what could have been achieved for Nigerian women in the area of representation and inclusion, rather it is more of a reflection of our belief in the great things you still have up your sleeves.

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Your Excellency, you will recall that even your opponents agree that your 2015 victory was a watershed moment in our history that signaled a new beginning of great possibilities. Unfortunately, we have had less to celebrate in the area of women representation in your governance and the feminization of poverty in Nigeria. Amongst other not so impressive statistics in the last 4 years, you nominated only 6 women out of 36 ministerial positions. This represents a paltry 16% as against the 31% of women representation in the administration before you.

Particularly worthy of note, are the millions of women across ethnic, religious and even class divide who voted for you in 2015 and have done same in the 2019 elections. While the data released by INEC on collected PVCs for the 2019 elections do not break down by sex, available 2015 presidential election voter turnout data shows that housewives were the third highest group out of the nine groups that voted. In 2015, three million, six hundred and sixty-seven thousand, and seventy-six (3,667,076) housewives voted in the presidential election, placing next to students (4,480,708) and civil servants (4,628,433). Similarly, housewives rank third on the list of registered voters by group in the 2019 election. That fraction out of women’s vote represent 14.10 per cent of the total registered voters by group, next to farmers/fishers (16.23 per cent) and students (26.57 per cent). This figure does not include the millions of women across the various other groups who make up the total votes from Women.

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I was privileged to attend and speak at the Women Political Aspirants Advocacy Summit last year. It was organised by the National Council of Women Societies in partnership with The National Centre for Women Development, Women in Politics Forum and the Office of the wife of the President of Nigeria. We were honoured and elated when you graced us with your presence and a speech, and despite the cynicism of a few that sat beside me about the timing and sincerity of support for increase participation, most of us believed you when you declared your support for the 35% affirmative Act policy. 2019 is that time for you to deliver on that promise.

Mr. President, as we anticipate your swearing-In ceremony for the second term, history beckons that you rise to the occasion and walk your talk by ensuring you lead the way in the implementation of the 35% affirmative action. You must be INTENTIONAL and DELIBERATE; to foster good governance and show that you’re accountable to true democracy by appointing more Women. 

A gentle reminder your Excellency that Ethiopia under a man had a 50/50 gender balance cabinet to the applause of the global community. Today, a woman is steering that ship. Rwandan women make up 64% of its parliament, 50% of its cabinet & 44% in Judiciary. Under your renewed leadership, Nigeria must reclaim and maintain its position as African Giant.

It is said that uneasy lies the head that wears the Crown, and we will continue to pray for the Almighty God to grant you the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to stir the ship of our Nigeria but you must acknowledge and embrace at least 35% Women in your government. 

Toun Okewale Sonaiya 

is CEO Women Radio 91.7




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