Former Nigeria’s Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday made an undertaking to give 40 percent slot in his cabinet to women and youth if elected president next year.
Abubakar, on his twitter handle @atiku, lamented that Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari had become the world’s headquarter of poverty and that he would change the equation.
“Nigeria under Buhari is now the world HQ for extreme poverty. If we are to change that, we must empower women and youths. Therefore, I give an undertaking that if by the grace of God, I am elected by you the good people of Nigeria, at least 40% of my cabinet would be women and youths,” he said.
Abubakar added that during his reign, he had designed policies to help young people grow, make the banks and telecom stronger, among others.
“During my time in government, we designed our policies to help young people grow – stronger banks, telecoms etc. Many returned to Nigeria to start successful businesses.
“Today, those young people are leaving again, to Canada etc. We are losing our best doctors & professionals,” he said.
He added that “Our policy document which is ready and will be unveiled soon, is dedicated primarily to creating an enabling environment for Nigerian youth and women to return to the path of wealth creation and gainful employment.”