The Nigerian Senate is doing a good job of establishing itself as a shameless, misogynistic forum only fit for draconian policies and ridiculous banter.
While the Senate has long established itself as a mockery of the Nigerian democratic system a long time ago with its ridiculous salaries, extended breaks and outrageous bills, it reached an all time low in March 2016.
Here are the most memorable moments so far.
On March 3 2016, on a discussion about patronising Nigerian-made products, Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West who has had a record of wife-beating stood to make a speech. He said,
“I want to celebrate the ‘Made-in-Nigeria senator’ for bringing up this motion…We will also move in order to encourage made-in-Nigeria products and begin to talk about made-in-Nigeria women. Apologies to my uncle, the Governor of Edo State, we must as a people stop paying dowries in dollars and pounds. It is time for my colleagues here to become born again.”
And in one short speech, the Senator put man-made goods and women in the same category giving a whole new angle to objectification of women.
Senator Ali Ndume, whether playfully or in all seriousness, tried to pass a motion to encourage Nigerians to marry more wives on March 12.
Senator Ndume had made the notion during a deliberation to mark the International Women’s Day, as he singled out Senate President Bukola Saraki, advising him and all Nigerian men to marry second wives.
The Senate Majority
On March 15, the Senate voted against passing a bill that will ensure parity and give women in the nation the same opportunities as men, and empowering widows, and other women in the process. For some reason, the majority of the Senate voted Nay stopping the bill from passing the second reading.