Knocks trail Akpabio’s statement on senators getting ‘holiday allowance’

By Tope Alabi

Nigerians have taken to social media to knock the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio after he revealed that senators have been sent money to enable them to enjoy their holiday.

In the viral video posted on Wednesday morning, Akpabio was heard saying the National Assembly Clerk has disbursed funds to all senators to enjoy to enable them to enjoy their holiday.

“In order to enable all of us to enjoy our holidays, a token has been sent to our various accounts by the clerk of the national assembly.”

Not long after Akpabio made this statement and after deliberating with some of his colleagues, Akpabio withdrew his statement, saying instead ‘prayers have been sent to mailboxes of respective senators.

“I withdraw that statement. To allow you to enjoy your holiday, the Senate President has sent prayers to your mailboxes to assist you to go on a safe journey and return.”

Nigerians on social media have since begun to knock Senator Akpabio and the leadership of the country.

Reacting, a Netizen, Uyi Samuel tweeted: They keep sharing money meanwhile Nigerians are suffering this is an Act of wickedness.”

Bashiru Akanbi: “We don’t have leaders, but politicians. The earliest we recognise these men are leaches and parasites to this blessed nation the better we have a chance in moving ahead.”

Ernest Rutherford also tweeted: “The annoying part is that these bunch of thieves just sit down in the hall doing nothing, year in and year out, and still share tax payer’s money at every given opportunity.”

Kassandra Ugochukwu tweeted: “The era of ‘Ghana Must Go bags’ are over, the APC era is for tokens in their bank accounts or emails… It’s no wonder they no longer fight on the floor of the house and none of them brings in thugs or hijacks the mace to his village…It all Rubber Stamps or Paper marks.”

Rotimi Ebenezer wrote: “Nigerian politicians and corruption were just 5&6. He change it when he realise he was still on national tv! God bless Nigeria.”

Also reacting, IAmGtreal tweeted: “Disgraceful conduct in the Senate house, rowdy and unorganised.”

Taymee also tweeted: “No worries, we deserve all the despair and suffering until we get sense by force ..the electorate is more than the elected yet the elected eat better than the electorate… Nigeria is unreal!.”

Another Twitter user who simply goes by the name Peace on the social networking app tweeted: “Just look at this shameless Nig senators. Meanwhile, people can’t even afford to put on a generator from 7-10 pm again. A shame.”

Smiling Judge also tweeted: “Absurd, it’s a pity we’re in such a dilemma.”

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