‘Support Amina Mohammed For President’ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Tells Nigerians

By Randall George, GNN Reporter

Madam Amina Mohammed

The former Liberian President, and first Africa’s female President, Ellen Johnson Sirlea is calling on Nigerians to rise up and support their kinswoman, Amina Mohammed who is currently the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) in order to ascend to the position as Africa’s second elected female president.

The former Liberian leader spoke at a symposium in the Nigerian state of Kaduna organized by the ‘Centre for Public Research and Development’ to commemorate Amina Mohammed’s 60th birthday, Sirleaf described Madam Mohammed as a “force of nature and consensus builder”.

The former Liberian leader than asked Nigerians to emulate the people of Liberia when she was elected as the very First Female President of Africa, and further noted that Madam Mohammed is qualified for the role, considering her leadership experiences over the years at the UN.

“Would it not be good to have a second elected female African president in Nigeria,” she said.

“The support by men would be a stepping stone because they must recognize the capabilities and contributions of women to sustain the government for the peace and security of the nation”.

“Those of you, our fathers, our brothers, our sons in this room; we are wives, we are sisters, we are daughters, you have all the rights, they look to you to give them votes to bring the change.”

Sirleaf served as President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, while Mohammed was recently appointed as UN deputy secretary-general for the second time.

On his part, Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, noted that the UN deputy secretary-general is an inspiration to young girls, that they can be anything they desire.

“She is an inspiration not only to us but to all our young daughters who can now grow up confident that their role is not just relegated to being a housewife, they can be anything they want to be, from being a minister to being governor,” el-Rufai said.

“You do not know how many young girls you have inspired and whose lives you will change simply from your examples.

“The responsibilities that exist when a person gets educated, develop networks, and does things to pursue better humanity for all of us.”

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