OrderPaperToday – A group of six Senators have banded together to lend voices to the war of words between the red chambers and Kabir Marafa.
In a statement signed by Tayo Alasoadura, Peter Nwaoboshi, Rafiu Ibrahim, Obinna Ogba, Isa Hamma Misau and Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, they described in strong terms that the unfolding drama is unhealthy for the sanctity of the Senate.
According to them, “Kabiru Marafa has constituted himself as a cog in the wheel of progress, unity and harmony of the institution. Since his preferred candidates did not win elections into the leadership of the Senate, he has carried on as if the peace, order, good health and progress of the institution does not matter.”
The six Senators said they had earlier held the position that the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions should forgive Marafa for the alleged utterances, but they have decided against that.
“We are surprised that while others are preaching peace, the Senator from Zamfara Central has continued to stoke the ember of disunity, deploying all tactics, particularly falsehood, character assassination, setting individuals and institutions against each other and throwing abuses as if he is at war with himself and must therefore vent his anger on others.
“His speech during a press conference at the weekend however deserves more clarification to set the records straight because it contains falsehood, unreasonable claims and attempts to further malign the legislative institution to which he belongs and its leadership.”
According to them, “Senator Marafa has continued to violate the oath of office he swore to uphold. As a member, he has violating the integrity of the Senate. The Senate should no longer allow one member to hold it to ransom and behave as if he is bigger than the institution.
“There is need for the institution of the Senate to be protected. Marafa is laying a bad precedent and he needs to be stopped from further maligning this revered democratic institution.”