When Would This ‘Madness’ Stop?

September 26 15:00 2013 Print This Article

Tunde Babalola

It is no longer news that the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the largest political party in Africa is facing the greatest battle for its soul, but what is now worrying observers is the new trend that the crisis is degenerating to, to the extent that the hallowed ‘Green Chambers’ of the National Assembly was turned to a ‘boxing ring’ on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 over what I think was inconsequential.

If truly we are practicing democracy, what is wrong in some group of people addressing our lawmakers?, more so when they have some loyalists among the people they are addressing.

But our ‘Honourable members’ threw caution to the wind as they engaged in what I can termed a show of shame and engaged in a fisticuffs. I wonder what this group of adults would tell their children at home and their constituents over the cause or causes of the fisticuffs.

Or should I say the Federal Government would do well by stopping the National Sports Commission in spending any of tax payers’ money on training of boxers for the next Olympics since we have good boxers in the House of Representatives.

As if that was not enough, the upper chambers, the Senate that some of us owed in high esteem also joined in the ‘so-called party madness’ on Wednesday September 25, 2013 when it took the maturity of the Senate

President David Mark to stop our distinguished ‘Senators’ Danjuma Goje, a former state governor and Adeyemi Smart, who came from my constituency (the former President of Nigeria Union of Journalists) from exchanging blow over what ordinarily should not cause any fighting.

When the floor of the House of Representatives was thrown into a prolonged rowdy session like a market scene on Tuesday September 17 following fierce protests from some members against recognition of the Mr. Abubakar Baraje-led splinter group of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, I was of the view that maturity of the ‘Distinguished Senators’ would not allow such an occurrence in the Red Chambers but I was proved wrong on Wednesday, September 25.

The issue that caused the ‘boxing’ in the House of Representatives was similar if not the same with the senate, I wonder how these group of individuals who called themselves ‘Honourables and ‘DistinguishedSenators’ would be able to legislate for the good of the country and Nigerians if within themselves they cannot tolerate one another’s views and opinions.

The development made me to ask the question which is the title of this piece, “When Would This Madness Stop?”

Though, I may be wrong but I believe the National Assembly should be the PRIDE of all Nigerians and not a place to exchange blows. Also, it should be a place where all shades of opinions should be tolerated no matter how ‘intolerable’ it may be or sound, that is why I have to sound a note of caution to my colleagues in the pen profession who had started reading meanings to the action of Speaker Tambuwal have being against our amiable President Goodluck Jonathan to please stop whipping up of sentiments for having allowing the Abubakar Kawu Baraje faction to address the PDP caucus of the House. While, I am not holding forth for the Speaker, I believe the Sokoto-born politician, Mr Tambuwal should rather be commended for doing the right thing, by giving all, freedom to eared their views!.

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