Following the recent comment by the Senator representing the Lagos Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Oluremi Tinubu, against Senator Elisha Abbo, at the panel set up to investigate the assault of a woman has been condemned by the Nigerian Feminist Forum and other women’s rights groups.
The forum which released a statement through its National Coordinator, Chiwendu Esther, said, “We wish to commend the Senate on the ad-hoc panel set up to investigate the assault of a woman by Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo.”
“However, in a now-viral video from Abbo’s hearing with this panel, Oluremi Tinubu can be heard saying “do you want us to protect you? Or do you want us to defend you? Or do you want to be on your own?”
“This statement implies that the Senate may be willing to protect and defend a man who was caught on video physically assaulting an innocent woman.”
The forum claimed that if the Senator goes free, it will do nothing but send a message to Nigerians that people in power are above the law and will enjoy impunity when they commit a crime.