This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Sunday, November 13, 2016
POLITICS: STOP NIGHT MEETINGS TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN
14th November, 2016
POLITICS: STOP NIGHT
MEETINGS TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN
Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs.
Kemi Adeosun, yesterday urged women to join politics. Kemi Adeosun was also a
former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State under Governor Ibikunle
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
welcomes the honourable minister’s statement with immense pleasure. The active involvement
of women in politics will inject strong doses of humanitarian feeling, love and
concern for the plight of vulnerable Nigerians like the poor, elderly people
We observe that although many married women want to join
politics, their husbands are reluctant to cooperate with them due to their fear
of prolonged meetings and particularly late night deliberations by politicians.
It is also feared that family values may be eroded as women in politics are
most likely to abdicate their responsibilities to their children. Most women are also discouraged by the
involvement of violence in Nigeria’s political arena.
If we may ask, why do Nigerian politicians hold meetings at
night?What is wrong with daylight
deliberations? Are they not aware that there is something sinister about night
affairs and deliberations in unholy hours?
What do they stand to lose if they eschew nocturnal
activities? The Yorubas say ‘Ijakumo kii rin losan, eni a biire kii rin loru’
i.e. ‘The demon does not stroll out in daytime, neither does the nobly born engage
in night crawling’.
It is our candid opinion that the
campaign for the participation of more women in politics will remain dry,
meaningless, fruitless and counter-productive until certain measures are put in
place. These measures include:
1.Politicians should stop overnight
2.Nigerian politicians should
wholeheartedly adopt a civilized political culture devoid of thuggery,
hooliganism and all forms of violence;
3.Political parties should introduce
e-meetings for female members in committees to enable women to participate via
info-tech facilities like e-mail, facebook and chatrooms on Whatshap and Blackberry
messenger (BBM) without leaving their homes;
4.Nigerian men should be encouraged
via public enlightenment campaigns to develop a liberal disposition to women in
politics and become more amenable to permitting their wives to participate in
5.Women intending to join politics
should demonstrate faithfulness to their marital vows in order to win their
husband’s confidence and support.
The acceptance of above measures
will determine how prepared Nigerian politicians are about accommodating women
in politics while the general attitude of women towards their husbands will
also determine whether or not they are eligible to join politics. We want to
see how parties attract female participants as we warm up for 2019
As an end note, it is our contention that the involvement
of more women in politics will bring compassion to the hearts of politicians
thereby reducing the heartless and wanton theft and waste of our common wealth.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)