|Sunday, April 23, 2023|
matriarchal attempt to break the glass ceiling was a historic attempt in our evolving male-dominated and nascent democratic dispensation in Nigeria. Despite Senator Binani's loss in the supplementary election in Adamawa state, Nigeria, a ray of light is flashing the horizon of Nigerian matriarchal political firmament. Senator Binani has audaciously opened the floodgate of politics to the girl child, women, and feminine power in Nigerian men-crowded polity.
Interestingly, in a society where women's unique roles, skills, and abilities are constantly relegated to slaughterhouses or rooms and kitchen closets by patriarchal power, the indefatigability of any strong woman with the audacity of hope and aspiration must be commended. The matriarchal power of Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani cannot be whimsically consigned into the dustbins of cynicism.
Meanwhile, the agility, resilience, doggedness, and womanhood of the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani must be commended. But in a participatory democracy, fairness, equity, and justices are the hallmark and ingredients of nascent democracy.
Inasmuch as we would want Senator Binani to break the myth and glass ceiling, and the anatomy of patriarchal power, and be the first woman elected governor in Nigeria, we must also respect the wish of the Adamawa voters who also voted overwhelmingly for Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP. The incumbent governor Fintiri must be commended for his patience in the face of provocation from the unscrupulous REC element.
At this juncture, I am not a soothsayer but I have predicted that President Muhammadu Buhari despite his failure of leadership and nonchalant attitude towards a national crisis and insecurity, in terms of administrating electoral events, Buhari's administration will score fair marks than any government that has ruled Nigeria since the advent of Nigerian nationhood. Buhari's indifferent attitude during electioneering events has translated him into a political umpire. Unlike Mr. Tortoise's do-or-die affairs, and his sociopath collabs, Buhari doesn't interfere undemocratically in the election affairs and results. We must give that to President Muhammadu Buhari but if we fail to give him credit, history might eventually vindicate him.
We must not allow our political wishes for women, and our emotional intelligence to be marred by the sentimental nuances of our emotions. The defamed REC--Resident Electoral Commissioner that announced Binani as the false winner of Adamawa's gubernatorial election wilfully goofed. The inanity of the Adamawa state Resident Electoral Commissioner--REC, Hudu Yunusa-Ari, was a blight on the democratic norm, and it should be roundly condemned.
Moreover, whatever the outcome of the likely election tribunal, if at all, Senator Binani contested the results, she must be commended to have given livers and encouraged other Nigerian women to participate in our evolving and participatory democracy.
Yahaya Balogun wrote from Arizona, the United States of America.