Vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 general election, Kashim Shettima has pledged that he and his principal, Bola Tinubu will run a women-friendly government if elected in 2023.
According to him, the Tinubu-led administration will not only promote women’s inclusion if elected next year as president but will also fight against abuse of women and prioritize their education.
Naija News reports that Shettima assured women of what his principal will do if elected at an event on Tuesday organized by a group identified as Voice of Women to examine what presidential candidates had in plan for women when elected.
Shettima, who reiterated his principal’s plans to prioritize women’s inclusion in his government recalled how Tinubu was the first governor in Nigeria to appoint a female deputy.
The APC vice presidential candidate said “the estimated measure of assessing any society is the way they treat their women. In 2023, we are not preparing for the Olympics, but an institution that relies on the superiority of ideas and tracks records to show.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the first Governor in Nigeria to appoint a woman as Deputy Governor. When he finished his two-term as Governor of Lagos State, he was given the opportunity to come to the Senate but he declined and rather sent a woman.
“Twelve years ago, when I became the Governor of Borno State, I appointed five women Commissioners, that means 25 per cent of my cabinet were women,” he noted.
“An Asiwaju administration will be a government that will be friendly to the women, importantly, they are the backbone of our society, they constitute over 50 per cent of our total population.
“If Nigeria is to reach its full potential, we must give everyone a fair chance to make their best contribution to the well-being and betterment of our nation, the growth of our economy and the achievement of our nation rest on equity and the safeguarding of the fundamental human rights and decency in our society.
“Equity and fairness to women will be a top priority of the Tinubu’s administration. We shall establish the following programmes and policies.
“We will promote more female inclusion in politics and governance. Social inclusion and political empowerment, economic empowerment whereby commercial banks would be compelled to support women in businesses nationwide.
“We will fight domestic violence and abuse, educational priority and helping the most disadvantaged in our society,” Shettima noted.