A Humble Lesson For Bukola Saraki, Bala Ibn Na Allah, Dino Melaye And Other NASS Members
Senators Bukola Saraki, Bala Ibn Na’Allah and Dino Melaye along with the rest of Nigerians around world, I would like to share a recent experience that I had dealing with my local Member of Parliament here in in the United Kingdom. I hope it will serve as a lesson for the members of NASS, so that they mend their ways and change their attitudes towards the way they deal with their constituents in all matters, especially those relating to freedom of expression by the citizenry.
Last week I went online and registered my name in the petition against the USA Billionair Donald Trump’s repugnant remarks about Muslims, and supported banning him ever coming to the United Kingdom. I then shared my experience with my local Member of Parliament, Honourable Colleen Fletcher MP. I was not expecting much from her other than to support the banning of Mr. Trump from coming to the UK when the matter is discussed in Parliament.
From the attached letter which she wrote me, you can clearly see that Honourable Fletcher took my email very serious. She found it pertinent to respond to me personally. She could easily have asked her parliamentary or constituency secretaries to do that. Honourable Fletcher agreed 100% with me and assured me of her support to help ban Donald Trump from coming to the UK.
Honourable Fletcher has a clear understanding of her responsibilities towards me as her constituent member. She does not see herself as superior to me in any shape or form. In fact she sees herself as a servant, whose job is to meet the yearnings and aspirations of her constituency members. This, she has demonstrated adequately and passionately in her letter.
Now, having shared this humbling experience with you, I hope and pray that Nigerian NASS members will adopt this kind of humility, performance, sense of responsibility, accountability and good governance. In the contrary, what we have seen from many NASS members is arrogance, ignorance, incompetence, lack of vision, corruption, impunity, selfishness and damn right criminality. And when we the masses go online to complain about it, you callously threaten us with your obnoxious Social Media Bill, which of course we know is dead on arrival.
May God save Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen.
Dr. Idris Ahmed.