The wife of the president, Aisha
Backstory: Speaking at the unveiling of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) entrepreneurs for 2019, the first lady said: “It is worthy to note that there has been a progressive increase in female participation in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme over the years, with a 41.6 percent female representation in 2019. I wish the cabinet will have the same percentage.”
She added that “Women have continued to prove their strength and competence in our society in all spheres, even in male-dominated — not in politics.”
Buhari encouraged Nigerian women, especially from the north, to apply for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.
Why It Matters: Women representation was not a priority for President Muhammadu Buhari in his first term but he promised during the campaign that he intends to lift women representation to 30 percent in his second term. Hopefully voices like that of his wife would help him remember the promise.