I feel utterly disgusted that the assembly members at the Senate yesterday could behave the way they did. At the screening of ministerial nominees yesterday members of the Senate decided to exhibit the most immature behaviour by the totally unwarranted embarrassment meted out to one of the nominees – who happens to be a nominee of President Goodluck Jonathan himself.
|Alh Abduljelili Adesiyan|
In the process they left the very important questions out and instead were harassing Alhaji Abduljelili Oyewole Adesiyan from Osun State. They started with the ridiculous question: “Did you kill Chief Bola Ige?” They continued in this embarrassment until the gentleman broke down and sobbed in his defence; they even made him to swear by the Quran right there in the house!
Just imagine what the civilised world will be thinking of us when they hear or watch this kind of shameful behaviour of our law makers. Now, my question is: Is the House of Senate a court of law; was the nominee on trial; if they felt he was guilty of some sort of offence, why was he cleared to stand for nomination in the first place? And even if Alh Adesiyan had a hand in the murder of late Bola Ige, did they expect him to have said yes I did it?
One would have loved to ask the senators in reply – if Alh Adesiyan was the one that told all the security guards at Bola Ige’s house to go and eat at the same time on that ill-fated night; who was the one that withdrew all of Bola Ige’s personal police guards and orderly that before then were always found around him?
Also, Chief Omisore who was roundly indicted in the said act has for long been having a field day in the house – having won election while in detention, nobody is asking him any questions. We all know the roles of Omisore, Atiku, and Obasanjo in that unspeakable crime, but the future will tell.
One is not in any way defending the man, but it is just that the place and time was completely wrong for the kind of exercise they were putting up yesterday at the Senate. If they think he is guilty, then they should go and try him in a competent court of law. These law makers of ours need to be called to order quickly.
By: Morgan Nwanguma