His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
I have just read online, one of your spokesmen this morning reaction says Minister Amina Mohammed will be leaving office in March 2017.
The UN Secretary General Guterras starts work in January 2017 and yesterday we read the glorious news of 3 or 4 major appointments across continents, ALL WOMEN in whose competences the Great Secretary General relies. In line with his pledge to #EmpowerWomen. His administration will focus on “gender parity” he enthused.
March 2017 exit date for Amina Mohammed could be your prerogative perhaps but the intent of this note Sir is not to question it. Nigerians recall that in March 2016 we lost a Gem, James Ocholi SAN. He was Minister of State for Labour represented North – Kogi State.
Amina Mohammed new Deputy Secretary General, UN, represented North in your cabinet Sir given the Nigerian Constitution compels at least one Minister per State. Please Sir do not wait until March 2017 to nominate Ms Mohammed’s replacement. Afterall Donald Trump has started naming his cabinet members president-elect assigning porfolios to them preparatory to assuming office in Jan 20th 2017 much more one sworn-in and in the saddle since May 2015. Please your Excellency nominate one or two of the Northern women as there are two slots to be filled in your cabinet right now. If you gave a great country Nigeria 52% female population with a national gender policy of 30-35% two more Northern women we still would be short-changed when you did in presidential campaigns pledged principles of gender parity please.
This is not a veiled note to dis-promote Southern Women.
As Global Champion for Change, we promote ALL WOMEN!
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