“Leave The Other Room!” – Obasanjo Charges Nigerian Women To Fight For Political Rights
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has charged Nigerian women to fight for their political and economic rights instead of accepting to be confined to the other room.
The former president made this known when he spoke on the topic, ‘My understanding of women aspiration in business and politics’ at an event organised by Initiative for Information, Arts and Culture Development in Nigeria and The American Corner, Ibadan on Friday.
At the programme, which was held in support of women’s participation in government, political processes and the work place, Obasanjo said it was a huge shame that no woman was among the 50 people that drew the Nigerian constitution.
He said he encouraged women to join politics by ensuring that nine women were chosen to serve in his cabinet when he was the president.
According to him, “No longer should our women allow themselves to be consigned only to the ‘other room’ and the kitchen. In 2017, according to the United Nations, gender inequality cost Africa $95bn. That is a tremendous waste.
“We cannot continue heaping up waste and expect that we will not maintain our poor record of being the world’s poverty headquarters. The starting point is girl child education. Child marriage must be made unlawful.”