At the book presentation of “Nigerian Women Pioneers and Icons” written by Prof. Bolanle Awe, the first female lecturer in Nigeria, held at the MUSON Centre in Lagos today, Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo disclosed that it was time Nigeria had a first elected female governor to pilot the affairs of a state in the country.
“This is the time for women to reap the labour of these great women of the past,” he said, adding that women in Nigeria were doing extremely well and should be allowed greater involvement in the affairs of the nation. Obasanjo, who was represented by Dr. Femi Majekodunmi said apart from physical strength which men excelled the women, the female folks were seriously competing with men in other areas and that he believed that it was time the nation produced elected governors.
“Women are patient, women persevered; they are now in many areas. Soon, we will be having elected women governors in Nigeria and soon, women will take over,” he said.
Deputy Governor of Osun State, Grace Laoye-Tomori said many of the women chronicled in the book had done exploit in their chosen field and could be likened to what Hilary Clinton was doing in the United States.
“This book should serve as reference point to our young girls. They have no reason not to do better than these women. This book must be in the school libraries an all state governments should have it,” she said.