OrderPaperToday – Out of 52 non-career ambassadors appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, only 12 women made the list.
This is as seen in a document obtained by OrderPaper Nigeria from a source following the recent approval of deployment of the envoys by Buhari.
Recall that in July 2020, the Senate approved non-career envoys. Then on the 12th of January 2021, the Federal Government announced the deployment of 95 career ambassadors and non-career ambassadors-designate to various Nigerian missions abroad.
This represents 23 per cent of the total number which is far from the 35 per cent affirmative action usually clamoured for by gender advocates.
The 12 women enlisted shows a recurrence and presumably a trend from July 23, 2019, when Buhari nominated only seven women in his cabinet.
At the time, the decision was widely condemned in several quarters including female politicians who faulted the list.
Also, previous analysis by OrderPaper Nigeria x-rayed the poor representation of women in governance using the federal parliament as a study.
The female non-career envoys approved are Folakemi Akinyele from Oyo state (Manilla, Philippines), Opunimi Akinkugbe from Ondo state (Athens, Greece), Safiya Ahmed Nuhu from Kano state (Bucharest, Romania), Deborah Illiya from Kaduna state (Brazzaville, Congo), Modupe Irele from Lagos state (Budapest, Hungary), Ijeoma Obiezu Chineyerem from Imo state (Dublin, Ireland).
Others include: Maureen Tamuno from Rivers state (Kingston, Jamaica), Hajara Ibrahim from Gombe state (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Zahra Omar from Kwara state (Lilongwe, Malawi), Monique Oshame E. from Cross River state (Luanda, Zambia), Eniola Ajayi from Ekiti state (The Hague, Netherlands) and Uzoma Emenike from Abia state (Washington DC, USA).