Senator Abbo’s Assault Scandal: For The First Time, Nigerians Dump Party Affiliations To Speak With One Voice, Revolution Coming?

What a time to be alive.

For the first time ever, an outrage has gone across party lines. The usual “Us vs Them” syndrome seems to have taken the back seat in the latest call for a public office holder to be reprimanded.

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Albeit a few varying opinions, Nigerians, especially the usually commentators seemed to have buried their party affiliations to unite in the call for Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo – who assaulted a female shopper – to be brought to book.

CCTV footage of the PDP Senator Abbo, representing Adamawa North, had emerged from an incident that occurred back in may. The lawmaker was seen physically assaulting a nursing mother who had interfered in his altercation with an Abuja sex toy shop attendant.

Watch footage below.

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Abbo, who is the youngest senator in the country, is believed to have  entered the shop around 6pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The senator walked in with three young women to purchase adult toys.

But shortly after then, an argument ensued between him and the sales’ representative, a shopper tried to intervene, asking the senator to “Take it easy.” The senator was now seen transferring aggression to the young lady whose body was now made a punching bag by Senator Abbo.

 

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The incident has now drawn widespread criticism with a lot of commentators condemning his action.

It is astonishing that the usual suspects who have hardly agreed on issues, this time, decided to bury whatever differences and joined in with one voice to condemn the act and asked that the senator be punished.

This is unprecedented, given that the pattern had always been: the political affiliations of those who start a cause determine how it is handled – especially with regards to the opinions of those considered political rivals. Even those regarded as fencists, this time, are on the same page with both side.

The senator is a PDP senator and would have normally attracted sympathy from the PDP folks. But that’s surprisingly not the case this time as PDP voices seem the loudest in the call for the Senator to be punished.

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Make no mistake, what the senator was caught on tape doing is by no means acceptable by any standards, in any clime. But we have seen people who committed far more atrocities enjoy the backing from a particular sect in the name of party loyalty. Those who will rather not be seen as attacking party faithful.

In this case however, we have seen the PDP, the APC, the non partisan and the fencists all appearing to be on the same page. From the usual suspects: Reno Omokri, Femi Fani Kayode, Deji Adeyanjo, Omojuwa, Joe Abah, Abike Dabri, Kadaria Ahmed, Kayode Ogundamisi, Festus Keyamo, the list goes on, all have condemned the act.

Check what they have had to say regarding the issue below.

Reno Omokri:

Oby Ezekwesili:

 

Deji Adeyanju:

 

Femi Fani-Kayode:

Abike Dabiri-Erewa:

JJ. Omojuwa:

Dr. Joe Aba:

Festus Keyamo:

Ordinarily the opinions of these folks would have been divided.  We have seen them disagree over a number of issues: Herdsmen, Presidency, Subsidy, CJN Onnoghen, INEC, etc, but not this time. The closest to this was the COZA scandal. But never a time have we seen them all agree like they are doing now. In the case of COZA pastor – rape involved – there were still some oppositions.

It has even gone beyond twitter messages. While some Nigerians have taken to the streets to protest, “Concerned Nigerians,” the Movement led by activist Deji  Adeyanju  had also petitioned the Nigeria Police on the matter.

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Is it too early to celebrate this? Can we safely say we are getting there?

One of the major factors holding a revolution in this country remains the fact that most outcries are never done in unison. Like the saying goes, a divided house can never stand, it has bedevilled any effort to seek social justice or good governance in this country.

Now that it seems we are getting there, can we safely say that it’s finally time. It’s time when that all important revolution becomes imminent.

If the trend continues like this, I can guarantee you, we are not far from taking back the Nation. We are not far from demanding and achieving the Nigeria of our dreams.

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