By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Arewa Youth Assembly, (AYA), has urged President of the Senate, Lawan Ibrahim Ahmed to strictly observe the ethnic and conduct of the Senate and its constitutional roles and forestall the Senate floor from locker-room talk.
The youth expressed their concern over the unfortunate abuse of Senate and insensitive disposition of Senator Smart Adeyemi, who veered off his contribution to a motion on urgent need to restore and revalidate the Safe School Initiative, to describe a Southern Nigeria as a drunkard, hauling unprintable insults on a Governor and a people whose schools in their jurisdiction are safer.
The speaker of AYA, Mohammed Danlami Salihu, in a statement, stated that, “Any Senator that seeks to address personal political issues may convene a Press Conference for such reasons and desist from undermining the sanctity of the hallowed Chamber like Senator Smart Adeyemi did on Wednesday.”
The youth observed, “We would like to register our displeasure over the unfortunate abuse of Senate and insensitive disposition of Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West who veered off his contribution to a motion on urgent need to restore and revalidate the Safe School Initiative, to wantonly describe a Southern Nigeria as a drunkard, hauling unprintable insults on a Governor and a people whose schools in their jurisdiction are safer.”
The youth expressed dismayed that there still exist a Senator or any leader for that matter in Northern Nigeria that lacks empathy for the plight of the North at this dark time of the country’s history to afford to infuse absolutely irresponsible and insensitive comment when such an emergency matter is being discussed in the revered Chamber of the Senate of the Federal Republic.
The youth noted that Senator Smart Adeyemi and his co-travellers would be happier that barely 24hours after they deliberately distracted the Senate and entire nation with the jamboree of casting aspersions, another set of 300 Girls have been abducted from their boarding school in Jangebe, Zamfara state.
It said the Safe Schools Initiative – an initiative to help protect hundreds of schools in predominantly Northern Nigeria launched in response to the growing number of attacks on the right to education in the country, especially citing instances ranging from Chibok School Girls’ Abduction in April 2014.
The statement explained that it was coming after at least 42 people, including 27 students, who were kidnapped last week in Kagara, in Kogi’s neighboring Niger state in the same North central, stressing that the absolute lack of empathy for the insecurity quagmire is legendary and hoped posterity does not forget.
The statement observed that while they leave the good people of Abia State and indeed, South eastern Nigeria to respond to your other allegations against a decent man and an erudite academic who has secured his own state, noted that Senator Smart Adeyemi has never visited any IDP Camp in Nigeria to make any contribution towards ameliorating the sufferings in the North, but added that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has consistently shown empathy and support to the North by personally visiting IDP Camps and occasionally reaching out to empathize with our plight.
It noted that a sound product of the prestigious University of Maiduguri, he has continued to act as one of us and even as an Ambassador of the legendary Sardauna of Sokoto – Sir Ahmadu Bello, whose investments in education in the North you managed to extol.
“We would like to align with the ultimatum given to senator Smart Adeyeni by the Abia State Students community through the special Assistant to the Governor on Students affairs and demand him to apologise immediately and concentrate on joining hands in solving the Insecurity crisis ravaging the North, and bringing disrepute to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressive’s Congress APC,” the youths advised.