- Aisha Buhari met with his predecessor, Dame Patience Jonathan, at the State House on Monday, February 10
- The two women leaders discussed the issue of women participation in Nigerian politics
- Recall that Ms Buhari and her predecessor had also recently met at an event to celebrate Maryam Babangida, the wife of a former military president, Ibrahim Babangida
Nigeria's first lady, Aisha Buhari, met with her predecessor, Patience Jonathan, at the State House on Monday, February 10.
The first lady who shared the pictures from the meeting on her official Facebook Page on Tuesday, February 11, explained that the status of women participation in politics was the focus of their discussion.
They also discussed the crucial issue of girl-child education as well as Ms Jonathan's pet project tagged Women For Change.
The first lady added that her predecessor shared her Aso Villa experience with her during the meeting.
"Yesterday, I received my predecessor, Her Excellency Dame Patience Jonathan at the State House.
We discussed my efforts with regards to greater involvement of women in politics & participation of women at lower level of governance.
We also discussed girl child education and her pet project "women for change”
I got to hear her experience during her tenure and listened to her perspectives on issues affecting women and children in the society.
It was really nice having her around and I look forward to having more of such moments," Ms Buhari posted on Facebook.
Legit.ng notes that the first lady has always been at the forefront of the call for greater involvement of women in politics.
In the buildup to the 2019 elections, Ms Buhari called for greater participation of women in elective positions to ensure gender mainstreaming for sustainable development of Nigerian women.
She told the Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) women leaders from the southeast when the group paid her visit that women formed greater percentage of the voting population in Nigeria, reiterating the need for stakeholders to involve them in decision-making bodies.
According to her, the inclusion of women will enable them to decide on issues affecting their lives, especially as it relates to maternal and child mortality rate as well as empowerment.
The Nigerian society is hugely patriarchal, a situation that informs why it's political sector is male-dominated.
Cultural and religious beliefs are some impediments of women's participation in the country's political sector.
With only eight women in the Senate, Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of female representation in parliament across Africa.
In the 2019 elections, 2,970 women vied for various political positions, forming 11.36% of nominated candidates, research by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) shows.
However, after the elections, only 64 women got elected into political offices, making up just 4.17%
Meanwhile, Ms Buhari had also recently met with Ms Jonathan at an event to celebrate Maryam Babangida.
Maryam, the wife of a former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, died on December 27, 2009.
Also in attendance at the event which held in Abuja were Turai, the wife of Musa Yar'Adua, who died while in office as president, and Dolapo, wife of Yemi Osinbajo, the current vice president of Nigeria.
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