BENINâ€”YOUNG Professionals of Edo extraction have condemned the recent fracas in the State House of Assembly, appealing to the police to prosecute anyone found culpable in the use of dangerous weapons in the hallowed chambers.
The group also chided Edo Elders Consultative Forum for turning the truth on its head in the crisis which engulfed the Assembly.
The group, under the aegis of Edo League of Young Professionals, in a statement in Benin yesterday and signed by its Chairman, Dr. Osime Iruobe and Secretary, Simon Eguaikhide, called on the police to do a thorough investigation, with a view to bringing the culprits to book.
The group said:Â â€œIt was sad and disheartening seeing our lawmakers engage in fisticuffs and resort to the use of dangerous weapons, including axe and teargas, in the once hallowed chamber of the Assembly. Television footage ofthe event even showed some people with pistols in the Assembly.
â€œWe call on the police to investigate how these people smuggled such dangerous weapons into the Assembly and how they acquired the pistols and teargas canisters in the first place.
â€œIf this is not done, the Assembly may be turned into a motor park where all sorts of rascals do whatever they like and get away with it.
â€œAlso, we condemn in strong terms the unguarded and uncouth way a group, Edo Elders Consultative Forum, which purports to represent elders in the state, has been conducting itself and aligning with the faction of a party in the state.
â€œElders are expected to say the truth at all times and condemn when necessary. However, this group has seen nothing good in the administration of the state by Governor Adams Oshiomhole and has not given him a chance of fair hearing expected of true elders,” the group said.
â€œAs a group of young professionals with collective experience in administration, we readily and easily identify with what Governor Oshiomhole is doing by working to transform the state from its ancient mould to a modern state.
â€œThis is consistent with what our group stands for: Using our collective wealth to develop Edo state.
â€œIn this regard, we align with the Benin Elders Forum to say we are happy with the development strides of the governor and we expect all those who mean well for the state and not those whose only interest is in swelling their pockets with ill-gotten wealth to join hands with the governor to move the state forward and not distracting him in his avowed stand to develop the state.â€