At­tack on women threat to democ­racy — Se­na­tor Afeg­bua

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Mau­reen Onochie

A se­na­tor in the Se­cond Repub­lic, Franca Afeg­bua, has said that at­tack on women politi­cians by their male coun­ter­parts threat­ens democ­racy.

She also said that im­mu­nity should not be ex­tended to pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers of the na­tional and state leg­is­la­tures to avoid mis­use of pow­ers.

Speak­ing in Abuja, yesterday, Afeg­bua ex­pressed her shock over what she de­scribed as “mis­use of power” by Se­na­tor Dino Me­laye, who threat­ened to deal with a fe­male col­league, Se­na­tor Remi Tin­ubu.

She called on the Se­nate mem­bers to thread with cau­tion while in of­fice, as their ac­tions were watched and judged by Nige­ri­ans and the world at large.

She called on male rep­re­sen­ta­tives to al­ways pro­tect their fe­male coun­ter­parts so as to en­cour­age their par­tic­i­pa­tion in pol­i­tics.

“If threats on the fe­male leg­is­la­tors con­tinue, many hus­bands won’t al­low their wives to join pol­i­tics,” he said.

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