A civil society movement, the Working Group on Women, Youth, Peace and Security in West Africa and the Sahel (WGWYPS-WAS) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to accommodate more women and youths in his government, especially in the areas of peace-building and security.
Speaking at the inauguration of the FCT chapter of the group, Country Representative of WGWYPS-WAS, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, lamented that Nigeria has been through a turbulent period of violence and insecurity in its recent history.
She said the inclusion of critical stakeholders, especially women and youths in the peace-building efforts of the current administration will help in addressing the spate of violence that has hitherto hindered the development of the nation.
Specifically, the National Coordinator of Proactive Gender Initiatives (PGI), Barr. Esther Uzoma urged President Buhari to consider appointing more women into Ministerial positions in his next cabinet.
According to her, an opportunity for President Buhari to fulfil his electioneering promise of making room for more women in his administration and in the peace-building process of his government has presented itself through the launch of the FCT chapter of WGWYPS-WAS.
She said, “Can we for once have a semblance of balance in ministerial appointments? When women were with Obasanjo, we witnessed the miracle they brought to his government. Mr President, we the Nigerian women, are calling on you to give us more place in your next cabinet.
“We are also calling for the emergence of a female Speaker of the House of Representatives. Let it be the legacy President Buhari will bequeath us.
“We have Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha in the race for the Speakership of the House of Representatives. She is a ranking federal lawmakers and a loyal member of the ruling party from the Southeast. So, why can’t we have a female Speaker?”
On the plans of the newly inaugurated WYPS-WAS Working Group in the FCT, Uzoma said: “Peace is not just the mere absence of war. For the fact that Abuja is relatively peaceful that’s why we need a movement such as this group in the FCT to complement government’s efforts towards maintaining that peace in the nation’s capital