Elisha Abbo, the Adamawa North lawmaker who was caught on camera assaulting a nursing mother, Bibra Warmate, in a sex toy shop in Abuja in March, says young people around the world are now learning from him and are beginning to see the difference between aspiring for office and being in office. Nigerians have since dubbed him the ''Slaping senator'' over the incident.
Abbo who is the youngest Senator in the Nigerian Senate, said this when he received the ICON of Democracy Award which was presented to him by the Intercommunity Awareness for Change and Development Initiative in Abuja last week.
While receiving the award, Abbo said
“It is not just about being in power for the sake of being in power. There is so much responsibility on young leaders, on leaders all over the world. I believe that young people all over the world will be learning from me that there is now a huge gap between wanting to be in power and being in power to deal with the challenges of politics and swimming in the murky waters of Nigerian politics. And I believe that young people will draw (sic) strength from me.”
According to Abbo, he became the number one trending topic when the video of him assaulting the nursing mother, surfaced online. While speaking with a big smile on his face, the 41-year-old Senator said,
“You are all aware of what happened a few weeks back where certain things happened and I have been in the public space. I was the number one trending topic on social media. I was number one trending on Twitter and the rest of it but that is leadership. That is politics for you. Don’t be surprised that what you did 10 years ago would come back to haunt you and that is why you must always remember that even though you are a young person now, you will contest elections tomorrow. It is therefore important for you to conduct yourself in a way such that when you win elections tomorrow, somebody will not use what you did 10 years ago to use it to blackmail you or tarnish your hard-earned reputation and image tomorrow.”