The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, on Tuesday, charged women to take over leadership from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Mohammed, made the call while speaking on a television programme in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The UN official who is leading a delegation of UN senior officials on a visit to Nigeria, had met with President Buhari in Abuja on Monday, to discuss strategies aimed at rebuilding after the devastations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mohammed said all Nigerians must come together to rebuild the country, regardless of ethnic or political affiliations.
“We need to recognise what is not right, work towards making it happen and know that we can do this together; individually and collectively we have responsibilities,” she said, adding that there was the need to respect each part of this country as “we all have something of value to offer”.
The UN deputy sec-gen noted that Nigeria can provide the kind of leadership that Africa wants by working towards achieving the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
When asked whether she would like a woman to succeed Buhari as the president of Nigeria, she said, “That is my hope and I do not see that there isn’t a woman that cannot do that. I always believe that you should strive for that aspiration and don’t fail for want of trying.
“So, women should stand up. They have 50 per cent of the votes and if they can convince the ‘hes’ for ‘shes’, the men who support women, then absolutely why not? There is no reason why a woman cannot lead Nigeria.”
The former Nigerian Environment Minister stressed, “What we really need whether it is a man or a woman is a Nigerian, someone who looks at this country in its unity and its strength and really begins to talk about moving forward, realising those aspirations that we talk about – move from the papers to the practical realities that can happen in our 774 local governments, our 36 states and the FCT. That is work to do and it is very possible under the leadership of a woman.”