The embattled senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district, Elisha Abbo, on Wednesday, apologized publicly for assaulting a nursing mother.
After a CCTV video of the senator assaulting a woman at an adult toy shop in Abuja surfaced online.
The assault was carried out in the presence of an armed policeman, who arrested the victim rather than assisting her.
When addressing the journalist on Wednesday in Abuja Senator Elisha Abbo apologized
“It is with a deep sense of remorse and responsibility that I, Senator Ishaku Abbo, profoundly apologize to all Nigerians, the Senate, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), my family, friends as well as our mothers, the Nigerian women” he said, “as I am not here to tell my own side of the story.
He said further “I personally apologize to (the victim) Bibra and her family for my action towards her, which has brought immense distress in our body polity.
He stated that he had never been known or associated with assault in the past.
He said “Regardless of what transpired prior to my expression of anger, I am sincerely sorry and plead that all men and women of good conscience should have the heart to forgive me.
Senator Abbo pleaded for forgiveness before God and all those who felt offended by his action.
He further begged for forgiveness saying “To err is human, to forgive is divine. To the church of God everywhere in the world, I am sorry. As an ambassador of Christ, much is expected of me.
“My family and religious upbringing do not give approval of such conduct and for this, as a leader, I seek forgiveness before God and all those who feel offended by my action, he said.
Has he broke down in tears, he said “Indeed, this episode has taught me very great lessons, both as a private citizen and a public officer, particularly as a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria upon whom public confidence is bestowed,”
I assure Nigerians, especially the youth of Adamawa North, of my good conduct at all-time Abbo, said.
The arrest and prosecution of Mr. Abbo was called for since Tuesday afternoon when the CCTV footage of him assaulting a nursing mother was realized online.
The actions of the lawmakers have been widely condemned including by Amnesty International and opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
On Wednesday a panel was raised by the Nigerian Senates with a two-week mandate to investigate and submit a report on the assault.
Abbo’s action was condemned by his party, (PDP) Peoples Democratic Party and he was also summoned.