Ex-Nigerian Senator, Florence Ita-Giwa, in a video clip went on her knees begging youths in her home state of Cross River to stop protesting and looting of COVID-19 items.
Her plea came at a time hoodlums and residents resorted to the invasion of warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives were hoarded by state governments across Nigeria.
Some residents and hoodlums in Osun, Lagos, Kwara, Plateau, and Cross River invaded warehouses where the relief items were kept.
In a video, Senator Ita-Giwa appealed to Nigerians, particularly residents of Cross Rivers state, to stop with the wanton destruction of properties and looting of items across the country.
On Saturday, October 24, 2020, angry youths in Cross Rivers state destroyed the homes of former senate leader, Ndoma Egba as well as the home of Senator Bassey Gershom.
In Ibadan, the home of Senator Teslim Folarin was destroyed, looters carted away over 300 brand new motorbikes and other items.
Speaking in her dialect, Senator Ita-Giwa said, “I know we have wronged you. The generation of today has suffered. The big people have wronged you.
“Nigerian politics has failed you. But please forgive us. Forgive the big people. Forgive the politicians.”
Ita-Giwa represented the Cross River South Senatorial District from 1999 to 2003 at the National Assembly, Abuja.
After leaving the senate in 2003, she was appointed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters.
She had played prominent roles in Bakassi which earned the nickname “Mama Bakassi”.