A federal lawmaker, Senator Ali Wakili, on Thursday criticised his colleagues from the Northern Elders Forum over the removal of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum without members’ consent.
Senator Wakili, who represents Bauchi South Senatorial District, lamented that no officer or member of the forum called for a meeting to decide on Senator Adamu’s position before it was announced on the floor of the Senate.
The Senator decried that his “privilege has been breached” as a collective decision had been taken on his behalf without his input, which has led to questions from his constituents.
He also advised his colleagues to act as “wise men” rather than engage in “political brinkmanship”, which would destroy the forum’s leadership.
Senator Wakili said, “I was not here yesterday but I saw it in the papers and over the television when you announced the removal of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as the leader of the Northern Senators Forum.
“I come from the North and I am an active member of the Northern Senators Forum. At no time have we met and put to question any of the leaders of the Northern Senators Forum.
“It was brought to this place and it was announced and some of our colleagues went to the Press Centre and made statements that referred to some of us as monkeys. We are taking this political brinkmanship beyond the level we are supposed to take it. We are supposed to be wise men.
“The fact that I am not privy and the fact that the northern senators forum was dragged my privilege has been breached because nobody called me for a meeting. Senator Barau Jibrin, secretary of the forum, had never called a meeting. Senator Dino Melaye, the public relations officer of the forum, had never called for a meeting.
“When the announcement was made and the press statement, the spokesman for the Senate led some senators to the Press Centre to make some of these bombastic statements. By this, I want to say that my privilege has been breached because my constituents and other concerned northerners have also expressed their disgust, that why are we trying to destroy our leadership. I want the Senate to take judicial note of what I am saying.”
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over Thursday’s plenary session, simply said, “Alright, point noted.”
Senator Ekweremadu had on Wednesday read a notice from the Northern Senators Forum, which stated that it had removed Senator Adamu as its Chairman for financial misappropriation and misadministration.