The pre-independence era saw women figures struggle with their male counterpart for the independence of Nigeria, activities as the “Aba Women’s Riot in 1929” and also the “Lioness of Lisabi” Mrs Funmilayo Ransome – Kuti’s participation as a delegate of the NCNC in 1952 Constitutional Conference. And the post-independence still saw women struggle for recognition and participation in the country with Franca Ayegbua been the First and only woman senator elected to the House of Senate in the Second Republic (1979-1983).
The struggle for recognition by the women still continues today with 7 women of 109 senators represented in the National Legislative – Upper Chamber, 15 women represented of 360 representative of the National Legislative House – Lower Chamber and 6 women represented of 24 ministers.
But in the light of the emancipation of women, what do you think is the plight of women in Nigeria with Diezani’s act of corruption?
Diezani Alison-Madueke is a popular figure. Presently known for her embezzlement of billions of naira. She was one of the women representative (if you choose to accept this) of the Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, she served as the Minister of Petroleum Resources. The Economic Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) traced N47.2 Billion and $487.5 Million in cash and properties to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources.
The Diezani’s corrupt practice is an issue female gender advocates and women in Politics should think about if we choose to.
It is a general myth that women are meticulous, economical, disciplined, organised, and are known for their high level of probity. However, the Diezani’s saga is a slap in the face for Nigerian women.
How do you loot from our treasury without fear or guilt?
Many might be of the view that this character is of Diezani’s and not an embodiment of another, but do not let us forget the words of the Holy Bible that say, “By one’s man sin, many were made sinners..”
Thus, it is imperative for female gender advocates, politically inclined women, mothers, daughters and individuals to purge ourselves of this anomaly and sensitize ourselves, children and society on the need for us to live for humanity and a life free of blemish by saying “Nay to corruption.”
As we don’t know who might be smeared by another’s sin.