Biting the humble pie, the Senator at the centre of an attack on a nursing mother in an adult toy shop seven weeks ago, Elisha Ishaku Abbo, has apologised to her, stakeholders, and Nigerians for his violence.
The Senate and Police have initiated investigations into Abbo’s conduct, though his wife, Emily Eric, backed him; as a range of women’s and other groups, including his alleged political godfather, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and his party, the PDP, berated him.
A full text of his apology at a press conference on Wednesday reads:
Press Conference by Senator Ishaku Abbo (SIA) (PDP Adamawa North)
It is with a deep sense of remorse and responsibility that I, Senator Ishaku Abbo (SIA) profoundly apologize to all Nigerians, the Senate, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), my family, friends as well as our mothers – the Nigerian women.
I personally apologize to Bibra and her family for my action towards her, which has brought immense discomfort in our body polity.
I have never been known or associated with such actions in the past. 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. 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 to such conduct and for this, as a leader, I seek forgiveness before God and all those who feel offended by my action.
Indeed, this episode has taught me a very great lesson 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.
Finally, I assure Nigerians, especially the people of Adamawa North of my good conduct at all times.
Thank you and God bless.