Hindatu Umar will be the first and youngest woman ever to hold a local government chairman position in Argungu city, Kebbi State, Nigeria.
Having a woman leader in the northern parts of Nigeria is usually rare. However there are still top politically placed women who can still be spotted in the area.
Hindatu’s latest assumption of office as a leader in a Muslim environment is twice as surprising because the lady in question is unmarried. She is now recorded as the first unmarried local leader in Argungu.
Hindatu Umar was appointed as the Chairperson of Argungu Local Government Area in Kebbi State by the Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu. She assumed work on Thursday.
Reports confirm that the 25-year old Secondary school graduate has previously served in the capacity of the deputy chairperson. Her promotion to the post of Chairman was made possible when the tenure of the past local chairman expired.
After showing up at the office, Hindatu paid a courtesy visit to Alhaji Samaila Muhammadu Mera, the Emir of Argungu HRH, at his palace in Argungu.
Argungu city is one of the biggest and oldest councils in northern Nigeria and is famous for its annual fishing festival.
It is indeed no exaggeration to say that her appointment is unprecedented, especially in a core Muslim-dominated community of Argungu. Women in northern part of Nigeria are usually relegated to the background and rarely hold political office.
As such, indigenes of Argungu are of diverse opinions. While a minority are okay with the new development, the majority is not. They are particularly offended with the mere fact that the position was given to a woman.
Second of their reasons is her lack of experience, her age and educational qualification.
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