Elections: Allegations against Amina Zakari gender-biased violence against women–PGI

Proactive Gender Initiatives (PGI) says allegations being peddled against the National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Hajia Amina Zakari, are gender-related violence that Nigerian women now face in the society
National Coordinator of PGI, a civil society organisation (CSO), Esther Uzoma, made the remark on Sunday in a telephone interview with news men. NAN reports that some opposition parties and groups had kicked against INEC’s appointment of Mrs Zakari as chairperson of its national collation centre for the forthcoming elections, arguing that the national commissioner was President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece. Reacting, Uzoma, who is also the alternate chairperson, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, said nobody believed that a woman could rise to such position by her own merit. She said since the national commissioner had not been found wanting in her responsibility in INEC before, the allegations were uncalled for. ”I also strongly believe that all these people raising allegations against her is because she is a woman. ”It is one of those gender-biased violence. Nobody believes that a woman can rise on her own, by her own merit to that position. ”Has she been accused of any crime at all, all the years she has spent in INEC? Is she under any form of administrative investigation? ”So, I feel strongly that institution of INEC is bigger than any single individual,” she said.

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