Grace Bent Advises Senators: Don't reject a woman over state of origin

AHEAD screening and confirmation of minister-nominees by the Senate on Tuesday, a former senator, Grace Bent, has  urged her former colleagues to dismiss the petition against a minister-nominee  from Kaduna State, Mrs Amina Muhammed, based on marital affiliation, pleading with the Senate to disregard it and confirm her  nomination as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Bent, in a statement  made available to newsmen on Sunday, said the plot to stop her because she is not from Kaduna State by birth, but by marriage was unholy, impious and debasing for women in Nigeria, whose contributions to national growth and development, she stressed, had been unequaled.

She said: “Nigerians should stop this absurdity of humiliating and debasing their women at the slightest opportunity. It is an aberration, as well as barbaric for anyone to begin to discriminate and fight a woman on the basis of marital affiliation. I feel our senators should not entertain that.”

Senator Bent noted that the Senate and other political institutions in Nigeria should rather be using the case of a woman like Amina Muhammed to promote inter-ethnic marriage as the basis for further advancing the cause of national unity. In that regard, “ inter-ethnic marriage should be seen as a blessing more than anything else,” she added.

Bent identified those behind the plot to deny the Kaduna State’s nominee of ministerial appointment as high-handed, mischievous and ignorant,  believing that such people have nothing to offer and hence, do not wish Nigeria well.
She said the constitution of Nigeria accorded every right to any Nigerian woman to serve the country in any capacity notwithstanding her marital affiliation or state of origin, quoting section 42 (2) to buttress her argument.

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