Senator Grace Folashade Bentwho is a former senatemember when she represented Adamawa through marital affiliation has come to the defense of Mrs Amina Muhammeda Kadunastate nominee for ministerial appointment by urging members of the eighth senateto throw out the petitionfiled against her.

While speaking earlier today in Abuja, Senator Grace Bentcalled on the current members of the upper house to overlook the point of non-indigeneship of Kadunaraised against Mrs Amina Muhammedby her political opponents and regarded to it as an allegation as a result of bitterness.

She further stressed that disqualifying such a woman with good virtues based on such petitions that are not concrete would be unfair to not just her but all Nigerian women.

Senator Bent said, “Nigerians should stop this absurdity of humiliating and debasing their women with the slightest opportunity.
“It is an aberration as well as barbaric for anyone to begin to discriminate and fight a woman on the basis of marital affiliation. I feel our Senators should not entertain that.”

To buttress her argument in defense of Mrs Amina Muhammed, Senator Grace Bentquoted section 42 (2) which permits any Nigerian woman to serve in any political capacity regardless of marital affiliation or state of origin.

“I ran through the constitution and discover that it rather supports inter-ethnic marriage, whereas section 42 (2) states specifically that no ‘citizen of Nigeria shall be subjected to any disability or deprivation merely by reason of the circumstances of his or her birth.

“What the ill-informed opponents of Muhammed were trying to do is to deprive this hard working, intelligent and committed woman of an opportunity to extend her service to Nigeria.

“I reckoned that as a former Presidential Adviser on Millennium Development Goals, Mohammed was excellent in dedicated service, making great impacts, which were reckoned with internationally.

“Nigeria should continue to tap from her intellectual property rather than willfully deciding to dump her like a used pack.
“I served in the Senateand represented Adamawa State by marital affiliation. I had lived in Adamawa and had claimed no other place as my home. The people recognised my worth and supported me to be a Senator,” Senator Grace BentCocluded

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