By Victor Ahiuma-Young
AGBORâ€”A HOUSE of Representatives aspirant from Ika Federal Constituency, Dr. Isioma Okobah in Delta State, has criticised the manhandling of a female lawmaker, Mrs Doris Uboh, during the recent fracas in the House of Representatives, saying â€œit is highly degrading.â€
Dr. Okobah who is also the President of Delta Doctors in Diaspora, DDD, said the negative effect of such ignominious act, which was televised within and outside the country, was better imagined than experienced,Â especially on the image of the country and the general psyche of Nigerians.
The aspirant, who spoke in Agbor, headquartres of Ika-South Local Government Area of Delta,Â contended that the female lawmaker ought to have been treated with decency and dignity, adding thatÂ the action against Mrs Uboh amounted to gender violence and discrimination against women.
Dr. Okobah stressed the need for the lawmakers to operate within the confines of the law and argued that as Honourable members,Â they should always conduct themselves with the highest degree of decorum and responsibility just as she insisted that they should be guided by the over all interest of the nation in the conduct of their official engagements.
The USA trained medical practitioner who was of the opinion that the eleven member group of â€œprogressivesâ€ might have their points, but queried their approach in handling the issues and noted that the free- for- all -fight by the law makers wasÂ condemnable in all its ramifications.
She called for the adoption of a more positive approach in resolving issues and recommended world best practices in the conduct of legislative business
Dr.Â Okobah also made a case for greater women participation in the next political dispensation and called on women politicians to aspire for elective positions which would put them in better position to re-order the priority needs of the nation.