Nigerians May Be Shocked In 2023, As Elections May Produce A Female President

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ms Amina J Mohammed, may likely run for the 2023 presidential elections. This much can be deduced from her response while speaking at the Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend in Abidjan.

Amina was asked when Nigeria will have a female president, she replied saying: “2023, Insha Allah”. The media probed further, asking if she would be running for that office and she said, “Look, all of my life has been as a public servant and as one that serves, so that is not a problem for me. But let me be truthful here, I have always thought that I am appoint-able 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.”

Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development. Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals.

Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 Billion annually for MDG-related interventions.

So the 2023 elections may be tougher than we think…

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