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West Africa: Coups and tensions would have reduced if we had female presidents—Njai

Hon Fatoumatta Njai

The only female on the Gambian delegation to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Fatoumatta Njai, has said if the sub-region had female Presidents in their numbers, the issue of tension, coups creeping into the democratic process in West Africa would have reduced drastically.
According to her women are mothers and would exhibit that motherly touch to reduce tension and coups knowing they and their children would be the most affected; in terms of coups they would not even occur, she stated.

Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“I have been privileged to be mentored by the former Liberian president, Ellen Johnson, I think she gave me that courage, I joined the Amujae leadership at the right time, I have been going through a lot this past two years from my party conversion to my election”, she said in an interview.
She explained that such exposure emboldened her and gave her the strength to carry on; and looking at what the former Liberian President went through during her time and currently what she is going through as a female is just something little.
“I am like, if she can handle it then I can because, we have more technology now, we have them to lean on, they did not have any of this, so we are not going to stumble”.
Madam Njai emphasised that, if we have more female leaders obviously the sub- region would be a better place and they should not just wait and have it given to them on a silver platter, they have to work for it. She thus urged young girls to come out in their numbers and take up leadership positions.
Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ecowasnews.com/Abuja-Nigeria

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