The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that the APC -led Federal Government had personalised security agencies in the country.
He suggested that between 30 and 40 per cent of positions should be allocated for female deputy governors by political parties.
He spoke on Wednesday in Abuja during a town hall and interactive meeting with women professional groups and stakeholders.
He lamented that all his efforts to produce a female governor in the North had yet to be successful.
He stated that it could take about 100 years to have a substantial number of women deputy governors in the country if such expectation was allowed to evolve by itself.
Atiku said, “We must have built-in legislation to make sure that all these programmes that deny women their rights are enforced by every level of government.
“On why should we not make it compulsory for states to have women deputy governors all over the country, I am personally in agreement with you, but not all over the country. Let me tell you what I have been doing since 1999 to produce one deputy governor in the Northern states. I have tried all my best. I have sponsored women for deputy governorship seats, I lost all my money; Till today, I have not succeeded. What I will like to propose is for the party itself to make it mandatory for a certain percentage of deputy governors, whether it is 30 or 40 per cent, be reserved for women.
“But I have done all what I possibly could do and my boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, is a living witness. Every time, I would say ‘let us have a deputy governor in Kogi’, no, it would not work, let’s have a woman deputy governor in Taraba. I tried all my best. The only way is to get the parties to make it mandatory, say a certain percentage of deputy governors must be women, otherwise, if we allow it to evolve by itself, it will take maybe another 100 years.”
He stated that 50 per cent of Nigeria’s population were women.
He therefore said for Nigeria to be truly democratic and develop, 50 per cent of its representatives at all levels should be women.
The PDP candidate said it is possible to achieve gender parity. He said the former PDP government almost achieved it until, according to him, the government of the All Progressives Congress took women back again.
He called for the training, adequate compensation and provision of adequate equipment for security agents.
Atiku also alleged that the APC -led Federal Government had personalised security agencies in the country.
According to him, many security agents now owe allegiance to the APC government and its officials than the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said, “The APC government is now demanding allegiance of police, soldiers and other security agencies to their person and government and not to the Federal Government. That is why we see injustice being committed by security agencies all over the place. “
He also called for the provision of more infrastructure to fast-track development and improve the quality of lives of Nigerians.
Atiku also said the establishment of factories to produce livestock feed across the country would prevent clashes among herders and farmers.
He said, “Livestock production is in decline. Yes, I have identified it. That is why I am also into livestock feed business. I am building some of the best factories today in the Northern states.
“I hope other members of the private sector can also copy my idea so that we do not need to have clashes among herdsmen and farmers. So that you can enclose your cattle in one location, buy feed, feed them, you get more meat and milk from your cattle. You do not need to roam and we make sure that this does not come again.”