Second republic lawmaker, Senator Franca Afegbua, has called for caution over the feud between Senator Dino Melaye and Oluremi Tinubu, warning that I could lead to disdain and disrespect to the national assembly.
In a press statement made available to the Nigerian Pilot, Senator Afegbua said in-fighting amongst the lawmaker could hinder them from performing their constitutional responsibility of acting as a check on the executive arm of government.
Senator Afegbua, who is the first democratically elected female senator in Nigeria, declared that she find it “appalling and disgusting” that such verbal assault is being unleashed on a female senator in our country.
“No doubt, the recent altercations between Senators Dino Melaye and Oluremi Tinubu, at the executive session of the senate, if not urgently and adequately contained, are capable of putting the red chamber, and by extension the legislative arm of government, in disdain and disrespect before the generality of Nigerians and even in the eyes of the international community.
“That the legislative arm, most especially the senate, is expected to provide a robust check and balance on the executive arm of government is not in contention.
“However, playing such role could be effectively hindered by in-house acrimony and disunity as presently witnessed in the upper hallowed chamber. Apart from the distraction which such could cause serious legislative business, the discordant tunes can also make our country a laughing stock in the comity of nations.
“As the first elected female senator of the federal republic and also the first democratically elected black female senator in the world, I find it quite appalling and disgusting that such verbal assault is being unleashed on a female senator in our country. This is capable of discouraging other women and their spouses from participating in politics.
“The call for immunity by the legislature is also dealt a severe blow by this show of shame. The law cannot be protecting assaults on the weaker sex by their dominating male counterparts. That is unacceptable in a democratic environment and in a civilized community.
“It is on this note that I call on well-meaning Nigerians, men and women of good conscience, to urgently intervene in the crisis to avert further dent on our collective integrity.
“In the same vein, I hereby wish to appeal to the leadership of the Senate, which interestingly is of the same party with the warring parties, to take dispassionate steps in resolving the crisis.
“May I use this opportunity to enjoin the National Assembly to expand the frontiers for the protection of the rights of our female legislators at all tiers of governance.”

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