A member of the Nigerian Senate in the Second Republic, Senator Franca Afegbua, has kicked against the proposal to grant immunity to Principal Officers of the National Assembly.
She said her opposition to the proposed immunity for the Senate president, Speaker of the House of Representatives and their respective deputies, was to avoid misuse of powers in office.
Afegbua, who addressed a press conference, Tuesday, in Abuja while reacting to the fuss between Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Oluremi Tinubu, noted that immunity had not been granted to the National Assembly principal officers and most of the senators have started misusing their powers against each other.
Speaking as the first female democratically elected senator from the old Bendel North, she called on the Senate members to tread with caution while in office as their actions were being closely watched and judged by Nigerians and the world at large, hence they should show respect due to the higher law making chamber.
Senator Afegbu, who called on the male senators to always protect their female counterparts so as to encourage more female participation in politics, stressed that “If treats on the female counterparts continues, many husbands won’t allow their wives to join politics”.
She, therefore, called on “well-meaning Nigerians, men and women of good conscience to urgently intervene in the crisis to avert further dent on our collective integrity”.