BY ABDULLAHI ISAH, MAIDUGURI
The Emir of Shani, Shani local government area of Borno state, Alhaji Nasiru Muhammad Mailafiya has appealed to the leadership of the Senate and the entire members of the Red Chamber to reverse the suspension of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, the Senator representing Southern Borno district.
The Royal father made the call at his palace during the official launching/distribution of poverty alleviation materials donated to youths, women and the less privileged by the embattled senator.
Ndume was suspended last month for his allegations of corruption against the Senate leadership.
Mailafiya insisted that the suspension of the former senate leader is not only a suspension to the people of Southern Borno Senatorial District, but the country as a whole, considering Ndume’s immense contributions to the people of his constituency and his unreserved commitment to always stand by the truth and fight against corruption.
He said, Senator Ndume has been very supportive of the crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption, stressing that, “if Ndume erred on the floor of the National Assembly by giving an information which later turned out to be unsubstantiated, that does not mean that he committed a crime or breached the constitution that can warrant his suspension”.
He therefore appealed to the senate leadership to recall Senator Ndume with immediate effect, as according to him, the continuing stay- away of Ndume from all matters on the floor of the National Assembly for the long period of six months, is a total disregard to the fundamental human rights of the people of his constituency and the state in general.
Addressing the monarch amidst a mammoth crowd, Senator Ndume thanked the emir for his concern and for sustaining peace and harmony among his subjects.
He told the emir that he was in his domain to distribute poverty alleviation materials to over 200 beneficiaries, in addition to N30, 000 cash for each of the 119 APC youth Coordinators, while 119 women are to receive N20, 000 each from his Foundation to start up small scale businesses.
The poverty alleviation materials, according to Ndume, comprise 25 Keke Napep (Tricycles), 35 grinding machines, 45 sewing machines, 30 bicycles, 30 Vulcanizing machines among others.
Earlier in his remarks, the APC Chairman of Shani, Alhaji Aminu Saleh, thanked Ndume for identifying with the people at the grassroots and for fulfilment of his campaign promises.
He said that the gesture will not only provide job opportunities, but cushion the current economic hardship being faced by the electorates.