- The year 2020 has been an eventful year in the Nigerian Senate
- While some senators have been very vocal in the Senate, others have been somewhat invisible
- The vocal ones have planted themselves into the sub-consciousness for their consistency and contributions to national discourse
The Nigerian Senate is filled with intellectuals, professionals in various fields, and indeed, accomplished men and women in the society.
When debates are held in the Senate, they are robust and filled with top-notch brainstorming, especially on issues of national importance.
But, in the same Senate, there are uninspiring characters who are only there to complete the numbers and partake in the sharing of the 'national cake'.
Worse is, the red chamber is gradually becoming a dumping ground for failed state chief executives who see the hallowed chamber to remain relevant in the scheme of things in national politics.
This year 2020, Legit.ng has taken note of senators who have been very active and most especially, very vocal in articulating their thoughts, consistent in calling out the government and pushing for new narratives in Nigeria's complex political environment.
Listed below are the most vocal senators in the year under review.
1. Mohammed Ali Ndume
The senator representing Borno south senatorial district is one who has consistently featured in the headlines of Nigerian newspapers in 2020. Ndume is a rare breed. He speaks his mind no matter whose ox is gored and sticks his neck out for his people at all times.
A senator from the insurgency-ravaged Borno state, Ndume has not allowed his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to affect his concern for the security, and wellbeing of his people. He has kept the government on its toes regarding the people of Borno and has consistently called out the military over its activities in the northeast state.
2. Enyinnaya Abaribe
The minority leader of the Nigerian Senate is a bold man. Always on the side of the people and never intimidated by the threats of the authorities. Abaribe not only ruffled arrogant feathers in 2020, but he also cut them to size with his fire-brand tongue.
A former deputy governor of Abia state, Abaribe is not a pushover in politics. Having earned the role of the leader of opposition parties in the Senate, the senator has lived up to expectations and even surpassed by being very vocal about anti-people policies in 2020.
3. Ifeanyi Ubah
The Anambra-born senator is a first-timer in the Senate, but he has made his presence felt in such a unique way. A successful businessman turned politician, Ubah has used his time in the Senate to advance the cause of his people and Nigerians as a whole at all times.
Nigerian traders in Ghana facing persecution from authorities in that country will be ever grateful to Ubah for consistently bring to fore their challenges. Igbo traders in Lagos will also be grateful to the Nnewi-born politician for constantly looking out for them and making a case for their plight.
4. Sani Mohammed Musa
He represents Niger East senatorial district in the National Assembly. A occupies the position at a time when his constituents have been constantly attacked by armed bandits.
Senator Musa has been very vocal about the situation in the Senate. Almost on a weekly basis, the senator rises on the floor of the Senate to call the attention of his colleagues to the crimes perpetrated by the dare-devil bandits in his senatorial district.
5. Smart Adeyemi
His background in journalism and activism makes him a natural 'noisemaker.' But what is interesting about Adeyemi's presence in the list is the fact that he joined the Senate in this dispensation a few months ago after battling and winning his political rival in court.
Adeyemi has made his presence felt. In just a few months, he has been very vocal about the ills in society. As the Senate committee chairman on aviation, Kogi-born Adeyemi has unearthed earth-shattering findings and has been consistent in calling the government to act on them, with immediate effect.
6. Elisha Abbo
He is the youngest senator in the Senate but never found wanting in expressing himself at all times. A formidable politician from Adamawa state, Abbo has risen above his controversial introduction to the Nigerian public and proved himself as a worthy representative of his people.
When his senatorial district was under attack by insurgents, Abbo stood tall in the Senate with his blistering attacks on the security agencies and the government. He spoke with passion and called for an overhaul of Nigeria's security architecture. Since then, the young senator has been very vocal and contributes his quota to debates in the upper chamber.
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