14th October, 2010
Nigeria is currently undergoing another transition programme from one civilianÂ administration to another.
Next year, it is expected that a new civilian president will emerge to direct the affairsÂ of the country.
The presidential aspirants from different political parties have indicated theirÂ intention to run in the next election, but there is one thing Iâ€™m sure most of us haveÂ not noticed. All the aspirants are men!
Sometimes, I sit down and wonder why we cannot have at least a â€œWOMANâ€ among theÂ presidential candidates.
Since we became an independent country in 1960, no woman has been given the opportunityÂ to contest in the presidential elections.
If Nigeria has a woman as her president, there are so many advantage we can enjoy. One ofÂ such benefits is that a woman president can be more honest than men. Where we have anÂ honest president, then we can begin to think of economic growth.
Furthermore, we all know the popular saying which goes thus: â€œWhat a man can do, a womanÂ can do much better.â€ Indeed this saying is true because women have proven to be betterÂ leaders than men.
Look at the famous Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United KingdomÂ (1979-1990); she is a woman of virtue, discipline, honour. So also is Africaâ€™s firstÂ elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. They have proven that women can in factÂ excel in manâ€™s world.
IfÂ only Nigerians can see the importance of women to national development by making aÂ woman their next president, they would have a lot to gain.
A female president is most likely to be upright, disciplined and fair. She cannot affordÂ to fail. Knowing that sheÂ is in a manâ€™s world and would face many challenges, she wouldÂ want to prove her worth.
This will make her work very hard and be firm in decision making. If we have a woman whoÂ is firm; bribery and corruption will be curbed.
Similarly, there will be fewer chances of wagging wars. The country, under the rule of aÂ woman, will be at peace with her neighbours. She will also want to be at peace withÂ citizens of the country.
I must also state that women are compassionate by nature. They can be firm. If NigeriaÂ has a woman asÂ president, she would feel strongly for children, the poor, the widows,Â and the less privileged who beg by the roadside. Also, those people who do not haveÂ clothing and shelter will all be taken very good care of.
Finally, if Nigerians can elect a woman as president, it would be a great turning pointÂ in the history of the country. It will also be a honour to have Nigeria’s first womanÂ president after the long civilian rule.
I am sure that Nigerians will not regret it.