IWD: Powerful Women in Buhari’s Government


March 8 is a day that has been set aside globally to mark International Women’s Day annually.

It is usually an occasion to celebrate the unique and spectacular contributions of women in the world at large.

The theme for this Year 2021 International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge.”

For us, this year’s celebration provides enough opportunity to reflect on how President Muhammadu Buhari’s inclusive governance has honoured the rich hive of female talents across the country.

However, the reality appears to show the direction for Nigeria especially under the aegis of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration, whose Presidency has continued to promote the notion that, given the opportunity, women have the capability of making a difference at the highest levels of leadership positions and authority.

Below is a list of women under the present administration whose current profiles lends credence to the openness of the Buhari’s administration to making good on the third Millenium Development Goal in a society that has to a significant extent been mired by Patriarchal tendencies.

Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning


Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development


Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs


Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment


Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM)


Gbemisola Saraki, Honourable Minister of State for Transportation


Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Honourable Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)


Folashade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation