The Representatives were keen to choose an educated person to lead them. A look at the following quotes below will explain why.
- On the day the National Assembly was inaugurated, Mrs Etteh reminded House of Representatives members of the need to register their names, warning that any person who failed to do so would have their name "striking out". Slip of tongue?
Perish the thought. The following day she repeated the phrase "striking out" several times.
- When a motion was tabled, she asked the member who was speaking,"are you in support of favour?"
- Any time the ayes have carried the day on the floor, she wastes no time in announcing, "the hayes has it".
- Giving her defence before the David Idoko panel, Etteh informed the nation that she spoke to the management of the national assembly if due process was followed and each person "answered in the affirmation action".
- When the German ambassador in Abuja visited her, the speaker enthusiastically announced that the first place "I visited as a young parliamentarian was a German"
- When the Spanish ambassador paid her a courtesy visit with a fairly large delegation, an impressed Etteh spared no effort to "welcome the strangers".
- When officials of FERMA visited the House, speaker Etteh urged them to urgently "make our roads habitable".
- To demonstrate the urgency of fixing major roads nationwide, she did not fail to make the point of the"deploration state of our roads"
- When a House member tabled a motion on the unenviable condition of Kaduna Airport, Etteh called attention to the "two run-aways of our airport".
- Concerned about the increasing wave of vices, such as occultism on university campuses, excessive drinking, smoking and womanising by our youth, she has set for herself the task of reducing, if not, eradicating these social vices, which she colourfully calls "social devices".
- In far-away South Africa, at a meeting of the African Parliamentary Union, speaker Etteh stated that Nigeria has vast land where agriculture could thrive so much, that it could serve as an alternative source of foreign exchange, or in her own words, " Nigeria has fast land where agriculture is alternate"
- To Etteh, the community of nations can sometimes be referred to as "international countries".
- The office of the speaker has regained its aura as, not just an exalted place, but an "exotic office".
- The House has become respected as"a hollow chamber",rather than just a hallowed chamber.
Let's just say that I'm glad she's no longer the fourth most powerful person in the country.