Wednesday, June 02, 2021 / 11.30AM / Ayomide Oguntoye
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Politicking in Nigeria should not be based on gender, but on competence and other appropriate qualifications. Professor Remi Sonaiya, an Educationist and former presidential candidate, made the comment while speaking on the role of women in promoting a stable Nigerian political system.
According to her "As the prevailing voices in the public spotlight are predominantly men, it is important for women to step into the spotlight by speaking truth to who they are, because this is the true political change".
While commenting on gender inclusion in Nigerian politics, the academic said that unlike the United States of America (USA) and Europe, where many women participate in politics and hold key public positions, Nigeria appears to lag behind with regards to women participation in politics.
She added that women are typically visionary leaders and could lead a country like Nigeria country forward. She noted that she is a member of an initiative called "FixPolitics", where people are being taught the true meaning of politics and all that relates to effective governance.
Sonaiya highlighted the importance of empowering girl children. She said that the relationship between girl child empowerment and womenâ€™s participation in politics, was such that the girl child needs to be taught at a tender age that she is powerful.
She said "we must create for all our children, an environment devoid of gender-bias that would ensure that dreams of citizenship are about service and value rather than gender and quota, development knows no gender but value creation".
The 2015 presidential candidate of the KOWA party went further to say that politics should be based on inclusiveness, competence, experience and sound reasoning as opposed to gender and tribe. She insisted that political systems that have proven to be durable have shown an ability to put in positions of political leadership people that are prepared-for-purpose and fit neatly into the responsibilities they are given. The academic noted that the problem of adverse selection has stalled Nigeriaâ€™s political and economic progress as people with the capacity and integrity to provide appropriate developmental leadership do not find their way to power.
Sonaiya argued that women are better managers and caregivers and as such have a superior ability to contribute to the public decision-making process and the administration of policies.
She noted that if given a fair chance to contest and compete with men in political elections, women would present a better style of leading the country towards prosperity.