…As Senators lambaste him
By Inalegwu Shaib
The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark Wednesday described the Libyan President, Muammar Ghaddafi as a mad man who should not be taken seriously for making inflammatory comments on Nigeria.
The Libyan President had reportedly called for the division of Nigeria along religious lines to stop blood lettings amongst Christians and Muslims and burning of places of worship.
But Senator Mark who at plenary was responding to suggestion from Senator Ayim Ude (PDP, Ebonyi South) that the Senate should issue a warning to Ghaddafi for making inflammatory comment about Nigeria said such action would amount to giving unnecessary publicity to a mad man.
He said,â€œWhy do you want to give a mad man that level of publicity. He said the same thing about Switzerland, he said the same thing about England and it did not work. In my own opinion, I do not think he needs that publicity at all.â€
Some of the Senators that spoke to Vanguard after Tuesdayâ€™s sitting also lambasted the Libyan President for reportedly calling for the division of Nigeria.
Senator Joel Danlami (PDP, Taraba) reacting to the comments described him as a reckless and an incurable mad man who should confine his advice and energy to his country Libya.
â€œHe is a reckless leader and his madness is incurable. Nigerians have lived together and we have mixed, intermarried as Christians and Muslims and I believe we need to live together. Even in Israel, we still have Muslims, in some places, Arabs are there and I believe he has lost his conscience and he is not a leader people should believe in.
â€œHe should carry his cross and he should limit himself to Libya. Nigeria is not the only country that has crisis, what will he say of Sudan? What solution will he give to Sudan where religious crisis has been ravaging them? It is madness. He is mentally unstable. Ghaddafi is reckless and people like him should be disregarded.â€
In his own contribution, Senator Otaru Ohize said that Ghaddafiâ€™s utterance was a great disservice to Nigeria, which should be taken with a pint of salt.
Ohize said, â€œIt is not something we should give weight to. He is not wishing Nigeria well, it is the greatest disservice to Nigeria and it is condemnable and it amount to nonsense, let us ignore him.â€
Also contributing, Senator Mohammed Jibril said that Ghaddafi no doubt was out of his senses to make such comment.
His words, â€œI have not read the report in detail, as I am just coming in, but from what I have heard, the man is really out of his senses.â€