The Melaye/Tinubu saga rumbles on. The newest development is that a women’s group, the Women Advocacy Research and Development Centre (WARDC) have issued Dino Melaye a 3 day ultimatum to apologize to Oluremi Tinubu.
Dino Melaye had allegedly insulted Tinubu and used derogatory terms. His statements and outbursts have brought about widespread criticisms from every quarter and now the women’s group have added their voice to the fray.
In a statement made by the group, they threatened to take action if Melaye does not apologize, the statement read; “Failure of Senator Dino Melaye to take this appropriate step will lead to OCCUPY NATIONAL ASSEMBLY by well meaning Nigerians”the statement read The women group condemned the seeming silence of the senate to Dino’s verbal attack on a woman.
“Verbal abuse, assault and battery of women is becoming a pattern in our democratic dispensation and it is a reflection of the numerous abuses that women face on a daily basis in the society According to National Demographic and Health Survey Report (2013), 28 percent of women age 15-49 have experienced physical violence at least once and 7 percent have experienced sexual violence in Nigeria and it is believed these figures are not representative of the magnitude of the problem. Between 2003 till date, notable women lawmakers have experienced physical and verbal abuse from men who are supposed to protect their rights. Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, was slapped by another Lawmaker at the National Assembly while another female lawmaker from Edo state was battered by an aide to an Immigration Oficer at the Assembly Complex earlier this year. Honourable Funmi Tejuoso was also physically assaulted at the Lagos State House of Assembly sometimes ago then this gender insecurity against Senator Oluremi Tinubu. Unfortunately, despite the public outcry against the security threat to Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the senate and the APC have not yet responded to the matter. The silence on the matter by the Senate and other members of the National Assembly vividly explains a tacit support from the hallowed Chamber on violence against women”