While Nigeria, the most populous black nation in the world is ruled by a 74-year-old man, her senators still deliberate on the hate speech in this 21st century, while the country’s security parastatals are busy assaulting the youths and make the process of the rule of law a public ridicule, a 34year old Sanna Marin becomes the prime minister of Finland. Making her the youngest prime minister in the world. The country’s new finance minister is even younger Kaltri Kulmani, 32.
It was said that their appointments are an attempt to inject new blood into a demanding body politic. “Politics is getting harder,” says Kristina Tolkki a political journalist from Finland’s national broadcaster YLE. “we need some young people who can be there 24/7, some young faces, always ready to react and not say anything stupid.
So unique is the fact that the government is set to have 12 females and 7 male ministers, promoting the idea of gender equality or rather, what a man can do, a woman can do better. “
This is a gender ratio for a country which in 1907 became the first in the world to elect women into the parliament.
Ms Marin went into politics at age 20. Contested for a council sit in Tempere, a city north of Helsinki.
Ms Marin is Finland’s third female prime minister. The first lasted barely more than two months. The second occupied the office for just a year. We only hope that Marin’s tenure will take a different turn and she might perhaps stay in office a little while longer.