Scrapping the Nigerian Senate: Senators Fire Back at Tinubu

A number of Nigerians have hit back at the former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu over his comments that suggest that the Senate of the country should be gotten rid of. In particular, some serving senators have criticized the elder statesman for the statement.

The opinions of the senators were gotten via various separate interview conducted by the Punch which was published on their website. Below are some of the reactions from the senators.

For Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (PDP, Cross River Central), Tinubu’s ideas cannot work in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country like Nigeria. He says, “What is the logic behind a bicameral legislature? It is adopted in a heterogeneous society… The Senate is a representation based on equality… If you scrap the Senate, then you have denied the minorities proper representation.”

Also, another PDP senator, Ita Enang (Akwa Ibom North-East), says he is disappointed that kind of idea is coming from someone like Tinibu. According to him, “It is unfortunate that this is coming from him (Tinubu), because he is a senator and his wife is a serving senator… I will not be quick replying him. I think it is an issue of constitutional amendment if he makes a submission to the National Assembly.”

How smart. Who doesn’t know that that kind of proposal will be killed the very moment it is introduced to the National Assembly; it can never see the light of day. Meanwhile, it is about time the minorities be asked if they are really being represented by these so called senators.