- Amina Mohammed says she believes that a woman will take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023
- The top UN official promises to be the campaign manager for such a woman when it is time
- The former minister says Nigeria is experiencing a growing democracy still riddled with challenges
The deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, has predicted that a woman would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Mohammed, who was Nigeria’s environment minister in the government before she resigned to take up the UN job, said this at the Mo Ibrahim governance weekend in Abidjan.
She expressed readiness to become the campaign manager for the woman when the time comes.
Mohammed, asked when Nigeria will produce a female president, said: “2023, Insha Allah.”
Asked if she would take part in 2023, she explained that it was not a problem because her life has been of one that serves.
“But let me be truthful here, I have always thought that I am appointable and not electable.
“I think the political system that we have in our country, I believe in democracy, but I think the model for us, where we are is an incredibly difficult environment to say you would come to office through the will of the people.
“I think the manipulation of democracy is a very serious issue in our countries. We have a population, as I said, has a level of literacy that can be manipulated, that is not right,” she said.
Concerning the election of President Buhari which she called a miracle, she noted that that democracy in Nigeria is a work in progress.
“I think this is a work in progress, democracy in my country is a work in progress, it is incredibly difficult, and that is why I believe that I’d make a really good campaign manager for the next woman president
“We need to start from today to get a woman in power in 2023,” she said.
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She said further that Nigeria deserves a woman that can take a hundred and eighty million people to where they should be.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, there have been clamour between the south east and the south west over which of the zones should produce the next president of the country.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria’s elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) could be rooting for the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, or Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to take over from Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Yakasai said he was sure of an unwritten understanding that the presidential candidacy of the APC would shift to the south west and have Osinbajo or Tinubu flying its ticket.
It was also reported how the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, stated that the issue of zoning should not arise in 2023 when it is time to elect President Muhammadu Buhari's successor.
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