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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