President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday jokingly warned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that women are interested his position.
Buhari was reacting to a request by a delegation of the Nigerian Female Parliamentarians that the vice president slot be reserved for women in subsequent elections.
The Spokesperson for the delegation, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, had alleged marginalization of Nigerian women in the sharing of political positions.
“Many African countries have imbibed that culture of twinning and it is working in Rwanda and South Africa. We believe it will work in Nigeria,” she said.
Buhari acknowledged the efforts of women in ensuring political stability in the country and the support given him during the 2015 presidential elections.
He said: It is a pity the Vice President is not here. But I believe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will tell him that his position is threatened.”
Ativie, who spoke on the alleged marginalization of Nigerian women in politics, said “since 1999 we only have one principal officer each in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“And in the State Houses of Assembly we have only just five per cent, women are five per cent of the total population of elected members of the State Houses of Assembly and we feel that this is not good enough for all the efforts we women had put in the development of this country particularly in politics.” (The Nation)