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18.7.16

Women protest Melaye’s attack on Tinubu

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Scores of women under the aegis of Concern Group on Monday stormed the office of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, to protest the verbal attack on the Senator representing Lagos Central at the upper legislative chamber, Oluremi Tinubu, by her colleague from the Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye.


The women drawn from the three senatorial districts paraded various placards with the following inscriptions –  “Melaye, Senate is not your father’s house,” “ Dino, leave Tinubu alone,” “We say no to violence against women” and “Women folks stand up against Dino,” among others.
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The leader of the group – Mrs. Anike Adekanye, While delivering a protest letter to Governor Ambode at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari, said  Melaye’s  actions have not only  brought unquantifiable shame to himself and Kogi West, but also to the Senate and the entire country.
She said, “Melaye had exhibited convincingly that he lacks the “poise, panache, fitness and minimum character to occupy a seat among sane, revered and distinguished men and women in the hallowed chamber of the sacrosanct Nigeria Senate.
“On this note, we the Concern Group condemned in very strong term Dino Melaye’s assault on Senator Oluremi Tinubu and therefore call on him to tender unreserved public apology to the hallowed chamber of the Senate and more importantly to the person of Senator Oluremi Tinubu and the entire Nigerians which he has brought into great disrepute.”
The group urged President Buhari to direct relevant security agencies to institute criminal action against Melaye should he fail to apologise within an acceptable time frame to serve as deterrent to others as well as send strong signal to young people who may have erroneously viewed Melaye’s “disgraceful action” as an ideal conduct in a sane and civilized society.
Receiving the protesters on behalf of Governor Ambode, the state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande, assured the women that the letter would be delivered to the President and that necessary action would be taken on the request.
She commended the women for coming out to defend one of their own, saying the cause was worth coming out for, as the action of Melaye was totally condemnable and unexpected from a Senator of the Federal Republic.

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