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Honour is a virtue that is chased by many, but enjoyed by very few across regions, races and generations. One thing that is certain in this uncertain world is that, “we all live today, we will all die someday”. Also, everything that rises up, must fall in time – the law of gravity stated! The painful thing in life is not to fall; neither is death – but dishonour! Dishonour is an experience that can lead to death or any other travail.
A man who is in honour and does not know, is like a beast (animal) that perishes says the King David in ancient Israel. Honour is very essential for true living. It has been said that there is dignity in labour; but I add that there is dignity in every honourable labour. Honour is like oxygen that we all need to survive and thrive as a people on the earth.
I also came to realize that honour is one thing we all work hard to gain daily, which means that honour is one asset no one must lose when gotten.
The office of Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is as honourable as Nigeria herself – since the Senate President is the leader over the representatives of the people of Nigeria. As such, only the privilege few, men and women of worthy character, competence and passion should be in such office. The Senate President is not only the head of the Senate; but also the Chairman of the National Assembly.
Aside oversight functions, approval or disapproval of executive decisions; one critical function of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is lawmaking. And if I may, the job of making laws is not an easy or cheap responsibility; in fact, it is God sharing is duties with the children of men. God created the earth and He rules it through His laws – some of which scientists call names (such as Gravitation law, law of motion, law of this, law of that). The sole responsibility of making laws for the survival and progress of any people rests on God; but He has allowed some men and women to share in that honourable duty to make laws for their own people. As such, that duty of making laws must never be left to the people who cannot be vouched for in honour.
Ever since the issue of the Panama Papers came up, many world leaders have been questioned and many have resigned their honourable positions; one would have thought that Nigeria will follow such honourable path of questioning the leaders so mentioned on the papers.
I think the time is reap for us as a nation to start living instead of merely existing; we must demand for the change that we voted for; and the elected men and women must recognize the code of honour. The Former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, was defeated in a general election, which made him to retire from public life; but came back again to limelight. My point is this, leaving office is not the same as leaving life; one as long as one has life; anything can happen.
I therefore admonish the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to accept responsibility for his past decisions and choices and allow Nigeria to move forward – enough of all these drama we see and hear daily. Enough of rushing to amend the laws that intends to convict him; enough of allowing certain people to push him to become politically extinct personality. I believe it is better for him to resign his position as the Senate President than him been impeached or convicted while on seat. rest my case!
|Senate Presidents of Nigeria (1960 – date)|
|Nnamdi Azikiwe||1960 – 1960 (1st Republic)||NCNC|
|Nwafor Orizu**||1960–1966 (1st Republic)||NCNC|
|Joseph Wayas||1979–1983 (2nd Republic)||NPN|
|Iyorchia Ayu||1992–1993 (3rd Republic)||SDP|
|Ameh Ebute||1993 – 1993 (3rd Republic)||SDP|
|Evan Enwerem||1999 – 1999 (4th Republic)
|Chuba Okadigbo||1999–2000 (4th Republic)
|Anyim Pius Anyim||2000–2003 (4th Republic)||PDP|
|Adolphus Wabara||2003–2005 (5th Republic)
|Ken Nnamani||2005–2007 (5th Republic)||PDP|
|2007 – 2015 (6th and 7th Republics)
2015 – (8th Republics)