Few weeks ago, Nigerians were treated to a drama of sex scandal involving three members of the ten House of Representatives who went for a leadership training, between 7 – 13th, April in Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America.
The allegation elicited moral condemnation from many Nigerians who felt embarrassed in the international scene and have called for thorough investigation into the scandal. If the Honourable Members are found guilty, they should be sanctioned accordingly.
It is pathetic that the US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Entwistle has been unable to appear before the committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to provide evidence of the allegation which entails that it was a baseless allegation
Mr. Entwistle had petitioned the Speaker of Nigeria House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and alleged that the house members solicited the services of prostitutes through the hotel attendants.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, who appeared on Thursday before Committee on Foreign Relations said, “That the allegations did not indicate a position that the ambassador had already passed a judgment or the US Government,”
Onyeama said, “I will see this case as reminding your members not to put themselves in a position that could deny Nigerians participation in such programmes in the future. It is like a caution,”
“But he now made it clear that the housekeeper would not testify; that she does not want to testify.
“I was surprised that the person who made such a serious allegation was not willing to testify,” the minister said.
To this end, the public opinion remains that the US embassy should apologize to Nigerians in general and to the three House members in particular. This is because the baseless allegation has tarnished the images of Nigerians globally and has also rubbished the reputations of the three House members.