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.

A list of non-ministerial appointees released in November 2017 by the presidency showed 26 women out 159 appointees – 16% of the total.  -Africa Check, May 2018

Source: My Covenant with Nigerians

Update: Number of women in cabinet falls

The resignation of finance minister Kemi Adeosun means there are fewer women in cabinet.

Another woman, former finance minister Kemi Adeosun, left Buhari’s cabinet in September 2018. She was replaced by another woman, Zainab Ahmed, who was the junior budget and national planning minister.

As Ahmed’s role was not filled, overall the number of women in the cabinet fell. After Buhari's re-election, he has promised more women seats in his next cabinet.

Africa Check, 15 March, 2019