Some members of the House of Representatives failed to show up in black on Tuesday, in solidarity with victims of rape and other sexual violence in Nigeria.
The house had on Thursday, resolved that members should dress in black at the next sitting, to show solidarity with victims, as more cases are being reported.
However, according to The PUNCH, among the presiding and principal officers seen at the plenary on Tuesday, only the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; deputy chief whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu; and the deputy minority whip, Adesegun Adekoya, observed the resolution.
Ahmed Wase, deputy speaker, put on an ash agbada; majority leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, appeared in navy blue agbada; chief whip, Mohammed Monguno, wore white agbada; while minority whip, Gideon Gwani, also dress in white.
About half of other members present at the plenary appeared in different colours, the publication also said.
But two large banners were placed behind the speaker’s seat, with the inscription: “Reps Say No to Rape.”
During the plenary, Gbajabiamila said: “Honourable 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 constituents, warning against gender-based violence and rape.”
The speaker urged members to participate in the exercise and send out the videos.
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The house spent over two hours on Thursday, to debate the rising spate of sexual violence across the country, calling for stricter measures to check the crime.