Women politicians more reliable than male counterparts – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday admitted that women in politics are more reliable than their men counterparts.

Mr. Obasanjo said this when the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, paid him a courtesy visit at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta and bestowed on him an award titled Father of Nation

“In politics, women are more reliable than men. When a woman says she’s with you, you can really say that she is with you. But if a man tells you he is with you and you catch him in another meeting, he will tell you it is politics, it should not be so,” he stated.

“When a politician words cannot be believed then you are turning politics into another thing. A politician must be a man or woman of honour that believes in morality,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

The former president said politics must be decent and gone into with dignity and honour that women are known for. He said one of the best journalists that ever served him was a woman, referring to late Oluremi Oyo.

He frowned at a situation where African women are not often given chance to exhibit their potentials because of cultural and religious background adding that this should not be so as men alone cannot make a society.

Earlier in her speech, the National President of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ifeyinwa Omowole, said NAWOJ thought to recognise Mr. Obasanjo’s commitment to Nigeria’s unity.

She said NAWOJ is planning to have a unity conference in 2015 and would have Mr. Obasanjo as the Chief Host.

The NAWOJ National President, accompanied by the Deputy President, Bilikis Oladimeji, Lagos NAWOJ Chairperson, Dupe Olaoye Osikolu, and members of the Ogun State executive of the association presented the Father of the Nation award to the former president.


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  • George

    Ifeyinwa Omowole is OBJ sexmate evil woman father of Nation kor father of baboon ni. A man who slept with his son’s wife Yorubas are generally cowards.

    If somebody with his or her senses can call OBJ baba I will gladly called Goodluck DADDY any day any time because OBJ represent DARKNESS while Goodluck represent LIGHT

    • Shadow

      George, be objective when you talk, what has Yoruba got to with this,you will hardly see an hausa man or yoruba man talk like this,it is you people from the east that likes to point fingers at other people before looking in the mirror, listen to your can pastor, kanye west,stoking up religious sentiments, you igbos are just another type of boko haram,terrorising nigerians with your hatred for yourselves,an igbo man would rather watch his brother die of illness than help him,dumbo validates my point, u guys need to watch urself

      • Nnewi Man

        The name George sounds like the wrapper our mothers wear around their waist,so George needs his head to be washed because we can see that his thoughts and mind set are so filthy.

  • abujakenneth

    Please is Baba just realizing it? Between 1999 and 2007 what percentage of OBJ appointees are women? Well lets forgive him that he is just born again now. Lets watch out how many women he will recommend for appointment from now on. The problem we have in this country is we are quick to point on somebody while neglecting our inadequacies. When OBJ came to power in 1999, I said that at least we will join the rest of the world to say bye bye to darkness but he left the country in darkness more than he met it. OBJ could not muzzle enough gut to privatise NEPA but GEJ has done that. OBJ most impressive sustainable achievement is the destruction of Northern mafia. Salute to Baba.

    • emmanuel

      He did not do anything to PHCN because his plan was dangerous.

      He wanted to privatise it to be taken over by him so that Atiku could take over NPA, but third Term agenda killed it.

      Obasanjo is an irreversible human error – God forgive me!

  • Comfortkay

    Baba knows so many things about women.