The Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic party in Kogi state, Natasha Apoti has called for an end to violence during elections in Nigeria.
She made this statement while paying a condolence visit to the family of Salome Abuh, a politician, killed in the aftermath of the Kogi state governorship election.
TVC News Celestina Iria reports that the Kogi State governorship election like others held in the country was not without violence., as cases of violence were reported across various media platforms.
One of such cases of the post election violence in the state was the death of Salome Abuh a political woman leader, who was reportedly burnt alive in
her home by unknown thugs on 18th of November.
The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Natasha Akpoti paid a condolence visit to the family. Appreciating the visit, husband of the deceased Simeon Abuh called for justice for the killers of his wife.
The suspect who led the thugs to the residence of Mrs Abuh is currently in police custody for his involvement in an armed robbery case.
The murder of Salome Abuh raises the question of how safe are women involved in politics. It also raises a flag on women’s inclusiveness in governance.
With a population of about 200 million people, approximately 51 percent are men and 49 percent women. Despite these statistics, women are yet to occupy 15 percent of elective positions in the country.
Nigeria ranks the lowest in Africa, when it comes to women involvement in parliament with 6.2 percent, while Rwanda has the highest at 61.3 percent.
It is important for government to put modalities to bridge the gap.