By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Women under the aegis of Concern Group have staged a peaceful protest in Lagos condemning the verbal attack launched on Senator representing Lagos Central at the upper legislative chamber, Oluremi Tinubu by her colleague from Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye.Drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state, they urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct relevant security agencies to institute criminal action against Melaye should he fail to Apologise within an acceptable time frame.
According to them, if charged, it wouldo serve as deterrent to others as well as send strong signal to young people who may have erroneously viewed Melaye’s “disgraceful action” as an ideal conduct in a sane and civilized society.
The protesters, who displayed placards of various inscription said Melaye’s action was not only condemnable and disgraceful but also disgusting, irritating, shameful and most embarrassing to the collective psyche of not only the women folks but to the entire nation.
They added that the obvious avalanche reactions to the action of Melaye were a testament to the fact that such action was unbecoming of a distinguished Senator of the federal republic.
While delivering a protest letter to the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at his office for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari, leader of the group, Mrs. Anike Adekanye said with the development, Melaye had exhibited convincingly that he lacked the “poise, panache, fitness and minimum character to occupy a seat among sane, revered and distinguished men and women in the hallowed chamber of the sacrosanct Nigeria Senate.”
According to her, “Dino Melaye’s uncouth and unguarded vituperation so towards Senator Oluremi Tinubu have not only brought unquantifiable shame to himself and Kogi West, but also to the Senate and the entire country.
“On this note, we the Concern Group condemned in very strong term Dino Melaye’s assault on Senator Oluremi Tinubu and therefore call on him to tender unreserved public apology to the hallowed chamber of the Senate and more importantly to the person of Senator Oluremi Tinubu and the entire Nigerians which he has brought into great disrepute.”
While receiving the protesters on behalf of Governor Ambode, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande assured the women that the letter would be delivered to the President and that necessary action would be taken on the request.
She commended the women for coming out to defend one of their own, saying that the cause was worth coming out for, as the action of Melaye was totally condemnable and unexpected from a Senator of the federal republic.
Akande said: “I want to commend all of you for coming out to condemn the assault on a ranking Senator by Melaye. This is a cause worth coming out for and we condemn his action in all it’s totally. We say no to women abuse and we are of the strong view that Melaye should be recalled by the people of Kogi West if he fails to apologise for his shameful conduct.