By Henry Umoru
FORMER Special Adviser to the president on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa yesterday took a swipe at what she called unreasonable demands from some fellow delegates.
A former senator at the conference, Senator Mohammed Ibrahim representing Senator’s Forum had asked that the secretariat should make provision for them to get personal assistants against the backdrop that the work will be tedious.
The demand immediately fired up Mama Bakassi as she took umbrage against the demand which she saw as a distraction and an encumbrance.
Contributing to the debate, Senator Ita-Giwa who lampooned those demanding for allowances to their aides, told them that they were the ones responsible for the problems, adding that instead of sitting down to deliberate on how to get the country out of the mess they created, they were busy asking for additional allowances.
Senator Ita- Giwa said, “Some of us here are the architect of where Nigeria is today, we are here to correct, most people are here with anger.”
Some of the delegates representing the Stakeholders Category, Retired Military officers, traditional rulers, geo- political zones, among others at the conference, it will be recalled have been playing key role in government since the first republic in various capacities and have one way or the other associated with every administration both military and civilian.
Her umbrage was partly addressed by the Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Sanusi who urged the delegates to eschew bitterness and embrace peace for the overall interest of Nigeria, stressed that all the delegates were Nigerians and must see themselves as Nigerians, just as he said that delegates must see themselves as part of Nigeria’s problems and must be part of those to solve them, adding.
“We should see ourselves as responsible for what Nigeria is, we should be responsible for correcting the problem; the problem of poverty, corruption, unemployment, ensuring that we provide good schools, better life for the people.”