Nigeria’s Senate President erroneously exposes questionable payment of recess allowance to senators

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has been exposed in a video where made a gaffe during plenary when he mistakenly revealed that money has been sent to senators to enjoy their recess.

Penpushing reports that the video clip surfaced on Wednesday, while sources said the Senate President allegedly made the blunder on Monday after the senators concluded the screening and confirmation of President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees.

The Head of the Upper Chambers forgot that the proceeding was being streamed live, and began to address his colleagues before adjournment motion was moved at the end of the Senate’s ministerial screening.

‘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. In order 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’, Akpabio said

Penpushing further reports that it dawned on the Senate President when his colleagues drew his attention to the fact that he was speaking on live television, and in a face saving method he quickly announced its withdrawal.

The Senate President immediately rephrased the comment, apparently to correct what was considered an embarrassment, and said he had sent prayers to the mailbox of the individual members of the chamber

Penpushing also reports that as at the time of this report, the amount that was sent to the senators remains unknown, while it is on record that the salaries and allowances of the federal lawmakers are often shrouded in secrecy.

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