REPS FAIL TO WEAR BLACK IN SOLIDARITY FOR RAPE VICTIMS
Some members of the House of Representatives failed to wear black attire to the House on Tuesday, June 9, in solidarity for rape victims as agreed last week Thursday.
The lawmakers' attire was in compliance with the resolution to a motion: "The Need to Condemn the Rising Cases of Sexual Violence and Other Social Vices Against Women and Police Brutality".
Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye, representing Kosofe Federal Constituency of Lagos State raised the motion urging the House to dress in black at the next sitting.
It was reported that only the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, Deputy Chief whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, and the Deputy Minority Whip, Adesegun Adekoya, as well as a few others, observed the resolution.
About half of the House came dressed in different other colours, reports say.
Among those who violated the resolution were, the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, Chief Whip, Mohammed Monguno, and the Minority Whip, Gideon Gwani.
Speaking during the plenary, Speaker Gbajabiamila told the members that the campaign against rape and other sexual violence is a fight of all.
"Honorable colleagues, we have brought the campaign saying 'no to rape' to the House, and the campaign continues.
There is a table out there (by the entrance) set up, and these are banners to do your one-minute video for your constituency, warning against gender-based violence and rape," the Speaker said.