- Senator Oluremi Tinubu has been criticised over her comment during a meeting of an ad-hoc committee investigating an assault by Senator Elisha Abbo
- The senator was criticised by the Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) and other women’s rights groups
- The forum says the statement made by Senator Tinubu implies that the Senate may be willing to protect and defend Senator Abbo
The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) and other women’s rights groups have condemned recent comments made by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, during a meeting of an ad-hoc committee investigating an assault by Senator Elisha Abbo.
The Guardian reports that NFF made its position known in a statement by Chiwendu Esther.
Legit.ng gathers that the committee invited Abbo for the purpose of finding out what transpired between her and the lady he allegedly assaulted in Abuja.
During the meeting, Senator Abbo and Senator Tinubu got into a heated argument, which triggered the following statement by the latter: "...You don't come to on the other side and start dictating to us. Do you want us to protect you, or do you want us to defend you or you want to be on your own?"
The statement by NFF read: “We wish to commend the Senate on the ad-hoc panel set up to investigate the assault of a woman by Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo.
“However, in a now viral video from Abbo’s hearing with this panel, Oluremi Tinubu can be heard saying “do you want us to protect you? Or do you want us to defend you? Or do you want to be on your own?
“This statement implies that the Senate may be willing to protect and defend a man who was caught on video physically assaulting an innocent woman.”
The forum said if Abbo is absolved of any wrongdoing, it will let Nigerians know that people in power are above the law, and will enjoy impunity irrespective of any crime they commit.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a civil society organisation, Civil Society Network for Good Governance, urged the Nigeria Senate to be cautious and circumspect in handling the allegation of assault levelled against Senator Elisha Abbo.
The group in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, July 10 by its national secretary, Suleiman Musa, stated that the appeal became necessary since the senator apologised over his actions, and the fact that the matter is in court.
Musa said although the incident was regrettable, emphasis should not be lost on the issue seeking to be corrected, as the horde of attacks on the person of Abbo seem to suggest.
The group also appealed to individuals, groups and organisations that rose in condemnation of the assault on the nursing mother to sheath their sword, noting that the essence was to correct and not to kill.
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