A northern Nigerian female for the first time broke the jinx of being a student union leader in the region. The student Amina Yahaya, a 400 level English student at the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto became the leader of the university’s student union, a position usually taken by males.
The first female student to ever hold the position in the northern region 30 years ago is Najatu Mohammad, the wife of late Bala Mohammad – a political adviser to Abubakar Rimi, a second republic governor of Kano State.
In an interview with the BBC Hausa service, the new Student Union Government (SUG) president said her greatest challenge has been getting the support of fellow females.
She described the female folks as their own enemies.
“When it comes to leadership issues we (women) are own enemies,” Yahaya said.
“We don’t support one another mostly because some of us assume that ‘women are arrogant’ so I won’t support her. When I came to this university, there was only one female professor in my department.
“She’s been my role model,” she said.
Yahaya was formerly the vice president of the school’s student union before the impeachment of its leader.
She took over the office of the student union president from Faruk Sai’d after a vote of no confidence was passed on him by the legislative arm of the students’ assembly.
He was alleged the union’s constitution by withdrawing N200,000 from the union’s account without appropriate approval.
Yahaya also said that her ambition has always being to be involved in national politics.