A former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has backed Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Speaking during a symposium organised by the Centre for Public Research and Development to commemorate Amina Mohammed’s 60th birthday, Sirleaf said she wants Mohammed to become the second elected female African president.
The former female president asked Nigerians to emulate Liberia and elect Amina, who she described as a “force of nature and consensus builder”.
According to her, the UN DSG, is ripe and qualified for the role, considering her leadership experiences.
She said: “Would it not be good to have a second elected female African president in Nigeria.
“The support by men would be a stepping stone because they must recognise the capabilities and contributions of women to sustain the government for the peace and security of the nation.
“Those of you, our fathers, our brothers, our sons in this room; we are wives, we are sisters, we are daughters, you have all the rights, they look to you to give them votes to bring the change.”
Sirleaf served as the president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, while Mohammed was recently appointed as UN deputy secretary-general for the second time.
Source: Naija News