Reactions continue to trail the outburst of Dino Melaye the senator representaing Kogi West in upper chamber of the National Assembly who on Tuesday threatened to ‘beat up and impregnate’ Remi Tinubu, wife of the National Leader of the All Progressives COngress, APC, Bola Tinubu.
“A disgrace to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”
Former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, yesterday, described Dino Melaye as a disgrace to the Senate.
Speaking through his spokesman, Sunday Dare, Tinubu warned Melaye that something would happen, if he dared it. “Dino Melaye sank to the lowest ever on Tuesday. From this point, it is downhill for him.”
“If Dino thinks nothing will happen if he dares to beat up another senator, then he must be living in a fool’s paradise,” the party chieftain who himself is a former Senator said.
The Lagos chapter of the #BringBackOurGirls group lambasted Dino Melaye for his threat to “beat up” his colleague, Oluremi Tinubu, describing his actions as “disgusting”.
The group in a statement issued Wednesday and jointly signed by Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, Aisha Oyebode, Ayo Obe, and Habiba Balogun, said: “While the issues of the senate and their disagreements remain strictly their issue, it is pertinent to put an end to this recurring act of threat of violence against women.”
The #BringBackOurGirls group also said Mr. Melaye’s actions sent the country back to the dark ages, and called on the National Assembly to stop tolerating “misogynists” like Mr. Melaye in their ranks.
“Uncouth, vulgar and un-parliamentary language…”
The lawmakers representing Lagos State in the Senate in their reaction distanced themselves from the comments and behavior of Melaye at the closed-door session, stressing that they cannot be intimidated and were prepared to testify in court on the side of the truth as part of the resolution of any conflict in the upper chamber.
“We deplore in very strong terms the use of abusive, threatening, uncouth, vulgar and un-parliamentary language by ANY senator against any other senator, particularly our female colleagues,” they said in a statement.
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