Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has explained why he stopped giving appointments to women.
Amaechi said some women backbite other women who are qualified to occupy certain positions of leadership.
The minister, while speaking at the second edition of the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN) in Abuja, stressed that women are more intelligent than men, but are not taking the advantage.
In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, the minister encouraged women to demand their place in leadership and stop playing the second fiddle.
“I do not support male domination, neither do I support female domination. I believe that all of you seated here are qualified to rule this nation, I don’t believe that a particular seat should be set aside for a woman, reason is that, women are by far more intelligent than men,” he said.
“The Deputy Secretary- General of the United Nations, Amina Muhammed was selected not because she was a woman but because she performed excellently well in her previous position.
“When ‘I am invited to a function and women are gathered dancing, I just wonder why women should be dancing at a function; women should be taking more seriously than dancing at a function.
“When you get to the table, assert your authority as somebody who is brilliant, who is intelligent to get what others are getting.
“Don’t tell me you are on the table and should be given a position because you are a woman, don’t ask that any seat should be set aside for you, ask for your right, it is your right. Women in politics stay for meetings till 2am. So if your husband allow you to join politics, he should be ready to support you.
“Any woman I have ever given appointment merited it, but you are also a problem unto yourselves. If appointment is given to a woman, a fellow woman will start saying the man is dating the woman and that she did not get the appointment because she merited it, which is one of the reasons I stopped.”