See How Many Times Senate Mace Has Gone Missing
An adage in my community in Delta State says: "Mbu Adi eme onye abua eme"(translated: Once bitten, twice shy; in simple terms).
Nigeria appears to have refused to learn from its first experience. We always like to get a deja vu experience and I am beginning to see why we are not moving forward in this repeated events.
On Wednesday, Nigerians were once again treated to a drama that we have witnessed some 18 years ago.
The First Mace Snatching
Cast your mind back to when the word Y2K was in vogue and you will remember how it was said that the President of the Senate at that time, Mr. Chuba Okadigbo (Oyi of Oyi), on June 4, 2000, admitted to having the mace of the Senate sitting somewhere in his home.
He had allegedly took the mace home when he realised there was a plot to impeach him.
The late Okadigbo blamed the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo, for plotting his impeachment.
Police had come to his home to take the mace and he refused to hand it over to them and for the period he had the mace, there was no plenary.
He, however, lost the battle few weeks after he agreed to return the mace. He was impeached.
The former Senator died three years after that.
The Second Mace Snatching
Again, on April 18, yes, just yesterday, few months away from when it will be exactly 18 years, bold men walked into the Senate and took the mace away, striping the lawmakers of their authority once again.
They came when plenary had started and within 10 minutes completed the act, tactically delivered like it had been rehearsed.
It was a feeling of deja vu and it brought to mind fear that this impunity that had been allowed to live with us as a flatmate has become norm in the society.
What has happened to the persons that have snatched mace in some states? have they been tried or sentenced?