The senator representing Adamawa-North lawmaker, Elisha Abbo, has claimed that young people around the world are now learning from him, he further stated that they now see the difference between aspiring for office and being in office.
The embattled Senator stated this while receiving the ICON of Democracy Award presented to him by the Intercommunity Awareness for Change and Development Initiative in Abuja last week.
Recall that the lawmaker was seen in a trending video assaulting a woman at a sex toy shop in Abuja an action which was greeted with reactions from Nigerians.
Senator Abbo called on young people who are aspiring for public office to note that what they had done in their past could haunt them down.
The lawmaker took the opportunity to charge them to be of good conduct at all times.
Abbo said, “It is not just about being in power for the sake of being in power. There is so much responsibility on young leaders, on leaders all over the world. I believe that young people all over the world will be learning from me that there is now a huge gap between wanting to be in power and being in power to deal with the challenges of politics and swimming in the murky waters of Nigerian politics. And I believe that young people will draw (sic) straight from me.”
The Senator noted that when the video of the assault struck the internet he became the number one trending topic on all platforms.
While speaking with a big smile on his face, Abbo said, “You are all aware of what happened a few weeks back where certain things happened and I have been in the public space. I was the number one trending topic on social media. I was number one trending on Twitter and the rest of it but that is leadership.”
“That is politics for you. Don’t be surprised that what you did 10 years ago would come back to haunt you and that is why you must always remember that even though you are a young person now, you will contest elections tomorrow.”
“It is therefore important for you to conduct yourself in a way such that when you win elections tomorrow, somebody will not use what you did 10 years ago to use it to blackmail you or tarnish your hard-earned reputation and image tomorrow.”
While appreciating the IACDI for the award, the lawmaker stated that he would use the award to further the cause of humanity.
Senator Abbo revealed that the common enemy of humanity was not the political parties but hunger, disease and illiteracy.
The senator representing Adamawa-South, Binos Yaroe, while speaking thanked the IACDI for using Abbo’s challenge to turn a bad story into a good one.
The Secretary, Intercommunity Awareness for Change and Development Initiative, Dr Lami Ouogho, while presenting the award earlier, thanked Abbo for his contribution to democracy in Nigeria.
Abbo is currently facing charges in court for alleged assault.