Affirmative Action: Obasanjo Canvasses 40 percent Slots for Women in Politics

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called the Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution to be amended to include 40 percent slots for women in the National Assembly and other levels of governance.

Presenting a paper Tuesday entitled, “Nigerian Democracy and the Journey So far: The Role of Women” at the 70th birthday of former Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Josephine Anenih in Abuja, Obasanjo opined that the nation’s democracy would remain stunted without the active participation of women.

“Our constitution should be amended to allow 40 percent of women participation in politics. The health of our democracy can be judged by the participation of women.

“The low number of women at the National Assembly is unacceptable and makes mockery of gender balance.

“Democracy is a system of government that allows team spirit and debate before decisions are reached; it is a government for all citizens to benefit without fear or favour,” Obasanjo said.

The celebrant, Mrs Aennih is wife to a former Minister of Works and ex-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih.

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