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Sen. Tinubu Reacts to Women’s Support, New Senate Appointment

Remi Tinubu

Lagos Central Senator Oluremi Tinubu Thursday night said she was overwhelmed by the support from women following the attack on her by Senator Dino Melaye.

She also said her choice as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, announced yesterday by Senate President Bukola Saraki was not new because she had been managing the committee as acting chairman for some months.

She said assigning her the committee was neither a favour nor a product of any compromise politics in the Senate.

Senator Tinubu, who spoke exclusively with The Nation correspondent in Abuja, said she will continue to fight for women.

She said: “I have been overwhelmed. To me, I want to really appreciate the Nigerian women for rising up to the occasion. When you say women, I am part of them. I am a woman – to start with. And this is a terrain that is quite familiar to me. I have worked with them in many capacities even when my husband was the governor of Lagos State.

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Sen. Tinubu said the show of solidarity and love by women was an appreciation of her little contributions to their cause.

On her appointment as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Sen. Tinubu said it was not a product of favour or a consequence of any reconciliation in the Senate.

She said she had been the Acting Chairman of the committee for some months.

She added: “No, no. It is not a favour. I was quite comfortable with being the chairman of the Committee on Women Affairs because that is my territory and my terrain.

“Being the chairman of the Committee on Environment is not something that is new, I have been acting all along for many months back. I was able to do public hearing and a lot of assignments that are required of the chairman to do.”

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