N’Assembly fails Aisha Buhari by voting against special seats for women

The National Assembly has dashed the hope of First Lady Aisha Buhari by voting out a bill proposing special sears for women in both chambers of the Nigerian parliament.

The bill is titled, ‘Bill For an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for special seats for women in the National and State Houses of Assembly; and for related matters.’

While the house voted 81-208 to throw the bill out, the senate had a 30-58 vote.

The First Lady had visited the Senate to in furtherance of her advocacy for women inclusion in Nigerian politics.

During Mrs. Buhari’s visit, President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan had boasted that the Senate under him supports gender inclusivity.

“This is a report on the constitution review and the presence of the First Lady is to show her support for one of the bills on affirmative action for more female parliamentarians in both chambers, the senate and the house and the state legislatures.

“Your Excellency, I want to encourage you to continue with your advocacy,” said Lawan

Details to come …

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