Opinion: What’s the fate of Nigerian Women? – By Manuela Izunwa

Recently, the president of Nigeria, selected Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe, as an ambassadorial nominee for Ondo State who has been legally married to Yinka Akinkugbe for over thirty years with three children. Surprisingly some youths from Ondo State opposed Mr. President calling on him to reverse the appointment within 48 hours. They argued that Ondo State has prominent “sons and daughters” that could take up the appointment and it was insulting for an “indigene of Rivers State” to be chosen over the many qualified Ondo indigenes.

The big question is: Is this a gender issue or a tribal one, or both? When a woman gets married in Nigeria, she changes her surname. Most times, she also changes her hometown & state of origin to adopt her husband’s. For thirty years, a Rivers woman has been Yoruba just until she needs to be recognized by the Yorubas.

Why do we oppress women at any chance? Why have we allowed tribalism eat into the tenets we hold as a people. When did a husband and wife begin to come from different places or is it just a ploy to sponsor maliciousness?

Why do women have to feel insecure and rejected because they got married or are unmarried? (A talk for another day). Why must her marital status determine how she advances in life? Why is she made to doubt being one with her husband? Is it that she is borrowed to just bear children and help preserve the posterity of the man?

THE GENEALOGY OF JESUS CHRIST WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN COMPLETE WITHOUT WOMEN LIKE RUTH AND RAHAB, WHO THOUGH NOT ORIGINALLY OF JEWISH DESCENT, GAINED FULL ACCEPTANCE AS MOTHERS FIT TO BE PART OF THE LORD’S GENEALOGY. Were their origins made an issue?

Discrimination, of any kind is man-made and evil. I look forward to a world where women are free to be all they want to be–a world where people can live with no fear of discrimination in any form.

Is Nimi Akinkugbe qualified as a nominee for appointment? Yes. Is she a native of Ondo State? Yes, she is for over 30 years. Should discrimination under any guise end? Definitely! And it should end now! We have a collective responsibility to ensure this happens.

I stand with Nimi Akinkugbe
Let her in!

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