Sen. Kabiru Gaya (APC-Kano South) has said that Nigerians need to respect the elders like President Buhari and vice president Osinbajo.
You cannot say anything wrong about Buhari or abuse him, Gaya tells Nigerians.
Gaya, who spoke with State House Correspondents on Tuesday after a private meeting with Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, urged Vice President to disregard Second Republic lawmaker, Dr Junaid Mohammed’s allegation of nepotism against him.
He urged Junaid to check the records before speaking.
Junaid was recently reported to have alleged that majority of Osinbajo’s appointees were people from his own ethnic nationality and members of his church.
Gaya said that the president and the vice president deserved respect from all Nigerians.
“First of all, this is interesting; you see in a country like Nigeria, we need to respect our elders; people like President Muhammadu Buhari, you cannot say anything wrong about him or abuse him because he is the president.
“Like, the vice president, there is no point in raising all these issues; I think there is need for before Junaid speaks, he should be able to check the records of who are the staff of the Office of the Vice President.
“I think I remember vividly; we have a member of the House of Representatives, Hafiz Ibrahim, from Tarauni constituency of Kano State who is from the Office of the Vice President.
“I think the vice president should disregard this issue and continue working as vice president; I believe we should not be distracted; we should work as a team,’’ he said.
On the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State, Gaya said that as the Chairman, Senate Committee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the committee had been briefed by INEC on its readiness for the election.
According to him, members of the committee will still do oversight of the state and see how they are ready for the elections.
He expressed optimism that the Kogi election would be free and fair, so also other elections in the country.
Gaya added that the committee would support INEC in ensuring a credible hitch-free poll in Kogi.
Senator Gaya said that there was need to prune down the number of political parties to make them viable.
“First of all, we are looking at the issue of the number of political parties; actually, they are too many; we have 91 political parties; and currently, the court has added another political party bringing the number to 92 and many are still applying.
“Actually, we are going to de-register almost 85 political parties because they are not qualified.
“They don’t even have a counselor or a House of Assembly member; so all those parties should be de-registered,” he said.