Stop in­sult­ing politi­cians, Ita-Giwa tells del­e­gates

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

Se­na­tor Florence Ita-Giwa yes­ter­day at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence warned del­e­gates mak­ing “deroga­tory” re­marks against politi­cians to stop the in­sults and ap­pre­ci­ate the role politi­cians have played to sus­tain the coun­try.

Mrs Ita-Giwa, who re­acted to al­le­ga­tions that a del­e­gate went on na­tional tele­vi­sion Wed­nes­day night to ques­tion the com­pe­tence of Mrs Josephine Anenih to head a com­mit­tee be­cause she was a politi­cian, said politi­cians have made sac­ri­fices for the coun­try.

“I think this must stop; the in­sult on politi­cians must stop and people should stop mak­ing deroga­tory re­marks on politi­cians,” she said.

“I am tired of hear­ing that this one is a politi­cian; this one is that; who has given you a coun­try. I have spent 23 years of my life try­ing to con­trib­ute to sus­tain this coun­try and sus­tain democ­racy. Who has given you people a coun­try, it is the politi­cians.

“Whether we like it or not, we are in a demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion and it took many years of people suf­fer­ing, con­test­ing elec­tions af­ter elec­tions, suf­fer­ing from mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tions, giv­ing their lives, de­ten­tions, in­car­cer­a­tions and ev­ery­thing for us to get to where we are to­day,” she said.

Ear­lier, Chid­inma Uwa­ju­mogu had com­plained to the ple­nary an­other del­e­gate Ra­matu Us­man had told tele­vi­sion sta­tion that she was a bet­ter can­di­date for the po­si­tion be­cause she was trained on gen­der is­sues abroad.

Uwa­ju­mogu told fel­low del­e­gates that Anenih is a lawyer of many years stand­ing in ad­di­tion to ob­tain­ing a bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion from “Great Ife” in 1976.

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