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Senator Barnabas Gemade who turns 69 September 4th 2016 is increasingly

getting tired and less attentive to his surroundings, irrespective of who

is watching or where he is.
A prove of this, manifested itself recently when the senator representing

Benue North-East Senatorial Zone,was again caught on camera busily

sleeping and snoring on duty right inside the national assembly chambers ,

while his other colleagues were busy contributing during senate plenary.

The picture of the shameless, sleeping and snoring senator has been

making the rounds on social media is clear indication that he appears to

be sleeping in this his second missionary journey as a senator.

The maverick politician from Benue state,was virtually dead to his

immediate environment. He was woken up many times by his colleagues,

GEMADE! GEMADE!! GEMADE!!! – PLEASE WAKE-UP! but slipped back to bed,

despite the noise around him.
Gemade ‘s situation clearly epitomizes the biblical quotation captured in

Matthew 26:41 in the New Testament that “the soul is willing, but the body

is weak”.
Since I watched the picture, I have asked myself so many questions, is it

that he was weak due to much labour at night (meetings etc) or that he was

sleeping due to less importance he attached to the debate ? or could these

senator have been working too hard with very little or no time to rest?

Endless questions! No matter what could be said and analyzed, only God and

our great senator know the truth.
It is obvious that going without sleep for so long makes one feel very

terrible and getting a good night sleep makes one feel ready to take on

the next day activity.
Oh yes, sleep is good to human health. Sleep plays a critical role in

immune function, metabolism,memory, learning and other vital functions.

Sleep is good but has its own time.
Even our saviour Jesus Christ caution us about unnecessary sleeping. In

the gospel of St Mathew 13 : 24 – 25. Jesus said,” The kingdom of heaven

is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while he was sleeping,

his enemy came and sowed tares (weed resembling wheat) among the wheat and

went his way”
Sleeping on duty is very wrong; again, meditating or sleeping while a

serious debate is going on at the floor of the House is very unethical and

exposes lack of seriousness and proper knowledge of the assignment.

The fact that Senator Barnabas Gemade slept while debate of obvious

importance is a thing to reflect on. I feel pity that stress or old age

may have caught up with him or that he had serious night vigil for so many

days. Therefore being a natural human being, cheating nature, he must pay

for it and the only way to pay was to be “disgraced” as he was said to be

sleeping when the plenary session was live on all television networks and

beamed around the world.
To be continued……………………………….

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