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Sen. Ningi’s Resignation Unmasks Senate’s Deafening Silence on Northern Woes and Budget Padding Allegations

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In a courageous and principled move, Distinguished Senator Abdul Ningi has tendered his resignation as the chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum. This decision comes as a timely response to the deafening silence from his colleagues on the alarming insecurity situation ravaging Northern Nigeria, where countless primary and secondary school pupils, students, and teachers remain in the captivity of bandits, while poverty levels continue to soar unabated.

Sen. Ningi’s resignation is a resounding wake-up call for the northern political elite and a clarion call for urgent and decisive action. By stepping down from his position, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to holding himself and his colleagues accountable for their inaction and lack of tangible solutions to the challenges plaguing the region.

Regrettably, the events that unfolded on the floor of the Senate today further exposed the lack of support for truth and transparency, as well as the deafening silence from northern senators on these pressing issues. Instead of engaging in substantive deliberations on the grave matters at hand, the Senate President and other members of the Senate appeared more focused on suppressing dissent and rushing through proceedings.

Sen Abdul Ningi

Adding to the concerning display was the alleged 3.5 trillion naira budget padding scandal, which has raised serious questions about the integrity of the budgetary process and the Senate’s commitment to fiscal accountability. Rather than addressing these grave allegations head-on and providing Nigerians with the transparency they deserve, the Senate chose to suspend Sen. Ningi, effectively silencing a voice that dared to speak truth to power.

Sen. Ningi’s resignation serves as a clarion call for the Northern Senators’ Forum to reassess its priorities and take decisive action to address the pressing issues of insecurity, poverty, and allegations of corruption. It is a reminder that true leadership is measured not by the titles held but by the tangible impact made on the lives of those they serve, and the unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of transparency and accountability.

As the nation grapples with these challenges, it is imperative that the northern political elite, including senators, governors, and traditional leaders, come together in a united front. They must put aside partisan interests and work collaboratively to develop and implement comprehensive strategies that address the multifaceted nature of these problems, while also ensuring that allegations of corruption and misconduct are thoroughly investigated and addressed.

Sen. Ningi’s resignation should inspire a renewed sense of urgency and accountability among his colleagues. It should serve as a catalyst for bold and innovative solutions, drawing upon the collective wisdom and resources of all stakeholders, including the federal government, security agencies, civil society organizations, and the international community.

Ultimately, the true test of Sen. Ningi’s resignation will be measured not by the rhetoric that follows but by the concrete actions taken to restore peace, security, and prosperity to Northern Nigeria, and to uphold the principles of transparency and accountability in governance. It is a call to action that demands a collective response, one that prioritizes the well-being and aspirations of the people above all else, and holds leaders accountable for their inaction, silence, and alleged misconduct in the face of such grave challenges.

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