|By Jeremiah Ajayi|
Ever since this video went viral yesterday, I have watched it close to twenty times as I try to compare with the comments which people have been giving. One of the trending comments on the video was whether or not Remi should have spoken to Elisha Abbo the manner in which she spoke to him. In a country that values respect as a virtue to a fault (remember the case of Wole Soyinka and the young man in the plane earlier last month?), it was not surprising that many people were particular about the manner in which Remi talked to Elisha. For instance, most of the pro-respect school condemned the use of words such as “turn off the mic, let me finish speaking.” by Senator Remi. In their collective voice, senator Remi was unnecessarily condescending and rude to her colleague; she should have talked with more respect. Another school of thought were of the view that the Remi was merely playing her part as a member of the disciplinary committee and there was no way she could have been more respectful in her tone. There have also been other comments on the issue, praising the senator and painting her as a supposed heroine. Other people went as far as referring to the senator’s shady past which involved harassing a male senator on the floor of the senate.
Yes, the foregoing was the entire summary of the most of the tweets trend about the Elisha Abbo versus Remi Tinubu showdown. In the midst of all the overwhelming comments on this issue on all social media platforms, there is something which almost no one is talking about.
After watching the video for the umpteen time some hours ago, paying conscientious attention to every word uttered by the two parties. There was an established issue that should be of pressing concern for Nigerians. There were two issues in the first place namely, the part of the statement where the Senator Remi indirectly offered protection for Elisha Abbo, and a part where she made comments about the age of the senator.
Instead of channelling unnecessary energy into the issue of choice of words, or continually issuing derogatory statements on Senator Elisha Abbo, Nigerians should channel such amount of energy into these two crucial issues which I made mention of.
For one, what is the senate trying to protect Senator Elisha from? The evidence against him is glaring. Is the integrity of the senators superior than the law?
Also, the comment of Mrs Remi Tinubu concerning Mr Elisha’s age simply established the position of the leading political figures in Nigeria concerning the youths of the country. If the present leaders think lowly of the youths, is there any chance that Nigerian youths will be becoming leaders of tomorrow anytime soon?
In my opinion, these are what we should be talking about, and not dragging unnecessarily over irrelevancies.
What other crucial opinions do you also think Nigerians are missing concerning the Elisha Abbo versus Remi Tinubu’s showdown?
Your opinions and comments are mostly welcomed.