Mixed reactions have trailed an announcement made by Senate President Godswill Akpabio concerning payment of holiday or recess allowance to the members of the 10th Nigerian Senate.
In a now-viral video, Akpabio at the plenary on Tuesday, August 98, 2023, why round off the agenda of the day announced that a token has been sent to the senators’ accounts to enjoy their holiday.
“In order to enable all of us to enjoy our various holidays, a token has been sent to our various accounts by the clerk of the national assembly,” he said.
Realising the session is not behind closed-door, his attention was quickly called by the members present and he withdrew the statement.
“In order to allow you to enjoy your holiday, the Senate President has sent prayers to your mailboxes to wish you to go on a safe journey and return,” he said.
TRENDING VIDEO: The moment President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, announced to the senate floor that money had been sent into their accounts, before he realised he was still on live TV & tried to save face pic.twitter.com/IE6oaPaieM— KWEKU THE HUSTLER, COMMANDER OF THE HEADLESS MOB (@urchilla01) August 9, 2023
Nigerians reacting to the development blasted the lawmakers, saying they are insensitive to the current hardship being faced by Nigerians occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy, while others said that the allowance is their entitlement.
@chidirim120 said; “A token has been sent to their accounts to enjoy the holiday” that’s the people many poor Nigerians are defending, no sacrifice whatsoever from their own end. Go and verify what he called a token can buy a house in any choiced city in Nigeria. Leaders my foot!”
@laraGold143 wrote; “They work very hard doing nothing but loading their pockets and telling the poor to breathe. Thunder when????”
@godson_isaac said; “It’s funny how these people are referred to as our leaders. The kind of conversations that they have on the floor of the Senate is both laughable and sad at the same time. If you were a foreigner who don’t recognize these people for real, you would just think it’s a comedy skit.”
@Erotica_Juicy said; “Every working class individual working in a standard, functional and structural environment gets token from thier place of work.. why is this a problem?
@Iamchiwise said; “The rich share money to enjoy their holiday, whilst the poor hope for the day palliative will be approved then they will now pray for the palliative to reach them. Nigerian Politicians don’t care about us, take it or leave it.
@OGesimisi said; He forgot to off his “mic “. Sad for our dear country 😭.”
@Princeikembajr wrote; “The funny part is. APC, PDP and LP plus others are sitted there nobody said no this is wrong,🥺😂 we are all finished.”
@ChinwukoMcdel said; “To put it in context, there’s nothing wrong if they are entitled to it, maybe it’s a leave allowance. However, it wasn’t necessary for the SP to announce such, completely unnecessary. Now that we know, it’s time to revisit the review of their allowances and other emoluments.”