The Senate, yesterday, witnessed a mild drama during plenary, when Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue North East), a former governor, suggested that all Nigerian leaders should spend two days in the prisons.
However, the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, immediately countered him, saying that former governors and their deputies should be the ones to spend the two days in prison.
However, Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC, Sokoto East), who also spoke on the matter, said that correctional service in Nigeria are colleges for hardened criminals and not for civil persons.
The event unfolded during the debate on a motion on the need to upgrade, decongest and disinfect correctional centres nationwide, sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwunife.
While contributing to the debate on the motion, Suswam said that his two-day experience in the Kuje Prison gave him a lot of insight into the Nigerian prisons, suggesting that all Nigerian leaders should spend two days at the correctional centres.
“I spent two days in prison. I want to support this motion based on my experience and when I left, I recommended that for people to be proper leaders in this country, at least each and every one of us must spend one or two days in prison,” Suswam said.
However, Lawan interjected and said “anyone who served as a governor, yes and deputy governor probably.”
Continuing, Suswam said: Like what the former minister, Abba Moro, said earlier, I went there, they took me there in the night. The following day in the morning, the entire prison knew I was there.
I sat down there from morning to evening because there were a lot of young people there and it might interest you to know that they spend years in prison, for demeanors you can easily dismiss.