VIDEO: Don’t threaten me with suspension, Elisha Abbo tells Remi Tinubu pic.twitter.com/hWbRvAlUSC
— The Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) July 9, 2019
Aside Abbo not showing he’s remorseful, never mind his bland, soulless apology, hordes of Nigerian men thought Tinubu was ”condescending” and ”disrespectful” in the way she spoke to Abbo. The sexism jumped out, because if she were a man, these same men won’t bat an eyelid because assertion and arrogance are traits we have associated with masculinity. Not that Tinubu was even arrogant, but God forbid women exhibit these attributes – they’d instantly been called ”angry” or ”reactive” or ”hysterical.”
I’ve watched a longer video of the exchange between Remi Tinubu and Elisha Abbo. I get that Abbo is “underserving” of respect and has anger problem, but Senator Tinubu was unnecessarily condescending. At a point she sounded as though she’s addressing a school kid, not colleague.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) July 9, 2019
Sen.Remi Tinubu spoke carelessly & arrogantly.When Sen.Abbo tried returning fire;she reminded him that she is another woman. Is she telling us that if you are a woman you have an automatic license to behave roughly & rudely to colleagues? https://t.co/RQ0WpRMjiP
— John Danfulani (@john_danfulani) July 9, 2019
I’m not Tinubu’s biggest fan and yes, her politics in the past are indeed questionable, but I have watched U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grill politicians and reps from huge corporations which has garnered praise and respect, even from men. Tinubu has done the same and she shouldn’t be criticised for it.