Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

 

UN Deputy Secretary-General may have hinted to contest Nigeria’s presidency in 2023

Barely a month after the fiercely contested general election in Nigeria, the Nigeria-born Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Amina Mohammed, has hinted that she might interested in contesting for the number seat in Nigeria in 2023.

Mohammed who has held important positions in the country expressed optimism that a woman will likely succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

The former Minister of Environment stated this on Saturday, while speaking at the Mo Ibrahim governance weekend in Abidjan.

In a conversation with Mo Ibrahim, Amina Mohammed was asked when Nigeria will have a female president, she replied saying: “2023, Insha Allah”.

When asked if she would be running, she said: “Look, all of my life has been as a public servant and as one that serves, so that is not a problem for me.

“But let me be truthful here, I have always thought that I am appointable and not electable. I think the political system that we have in our country, I believe in democracy, but I think the model for us, where we are is an incredibly difficult environment to say you would come to office through the will of the people.

“I think the manipulation of democracy is a very serious issue in our countries. We have a population, as I said, has a level of literacy that can be manipulated, that is not right.”

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