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Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women

  • When made: 2015

  • Where made: My Covenant with Nigerians


Passed in 2006, Nigeria’s National Gender Policy seeks to ensure women have equal access to opportunities.

President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to implement it and cede 35% of appointive positions to women. (Note: The party’s manifesto later trimmed this down to 30%.)

When the president announced his cabinet in 2015, six of its 37 ministers were women, or about 16%.

The taking up of the UN deputy secretary-general position by environment minister Amina Mohammed reduced the number of women to 5, or 14% of the cabinet in January 2017.

A list of non-ministerial appointees released in November 2017 by the presidency showed 26 women out 159 appointees - 16% of the total. 

In March 2019, after his re-election, President Buhari promised women and youth more seats in his next cabinet. He didn’t keep that promise too.

When the approved list of 43 ministers was released in August, only seven women made that list and the two youngest ministers were in their mid-40s.   
-Africa Check, Last Updated May 2020

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