Friday, 23 October 2015

Buhari Holds Women In The Highest Esteem – Presidency

Femi Adesina, presidential media aide, has unveiled a statement, explaining the low number of female ministerial nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nigerian presidency disowned an official who supposedly said that the Nigerian leader is shy around women.

The presidential aide stated that Gideon Samani’s claim is totally fallacious.

He said: “The subsequent attribution of the supposedly “low number” of female ministerial nominees to President Buhari’s alleged shyness around women is therefore baseless and a figment of the imagination of the said Mr. Samani, who was falsely described as the “Senior Special Assistant (Political Matters) to the president.”

Adesina added that the assertion by the supposed presidential aide that President Buhari is “very shy dealing with the opposite sex” because “he has been interacting mostly with men,” was received by the president with shock and consternation.

“For one thing, there is no Senior Special Assistant, Political Matters, in the office of the president for now and Samani who was said to have spoken as the representative of the secretary to the government of the federation at a public function yesterday, is not an aide of the president,” he stated.

“Mr. Samani is certainly not an official spokesman of the president. Therefore, he could not have spoken on behalf of President Buhari, who is the president of all Nigerians, men and women alike.

“President Buhari has a wife, many daughters and female relatives whom he loves dearly. He also had a mother that he adored. How then could he be shy in the company of women, to the point of allegedly not appointing them into public offices, on account of not being comfortable in their company?

“Nigerian women can be assured that the president holds them in the highest esteem and will always give them due consideration in the discharge of his official responsibilities.

“The statements attributed to Samani are untrue and unauthorized. They should therefore be disregarded,” Adesina concluded.

According to the remarks from Nigeria’s Senate leader, Ali Ndume, Nigeria should not expect a concluded ministerial list from its president anytime soon. Ndume had said that the Senate need 21 days.

This postponement in appointment makes Buhari, Nigeria’s only president to take such an extensive period to appoint a cabinet since Nigeria’s democratic election in 1999.