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Nigerian Senate President Faces Backlash for Creating Office for Wife

October 2, 2023

In a recent development, Senate President Godswill Akpabio has come under scrutiny once again for two controversial actions that have rocked the Nigerian political landscape. First, Akpabio has created an “Office of the First Lady” for his wife, Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, which did not exist in previous assemblies, leading to widespread outrage among senators.

Sources within the National Assembly have revealed that many senators are disappointed by Akpabio’s decision to establish this new office, questioning its necessity and transparency. Akpabio, who currently serves as the 15th President of the Nigerian Senate, has faced criticism for this move, as it raises concerns about nepotism and undue influence within the Senate.

Additionally, Akpabio has once again found himself embroiled in controversy for exposing a bribery scandal involving fellow senators. In a viral video, Akpabio disclosed that senators had received undisclosed amounts of money for ministerial screening, sparking anger and condemnation from his colleagues.

It was revealed that each senator received N2 million, while Akpabio allegedly received a substantial sum of over N1 billion from ministerial nominees. This revelation has not only led to tensions within the Senate but has also drawn widespread criticism from the Nigerian public, who are now aware of the alleged bribery practices during ministerial screenings.

The senators who received the N2 million payments are facing backlash from their constituents, who were unaware of the transactions. This has created a rift between the senators and their constituents, leading to growing discontent and demands for accountability.

These recent actions by Senate President Godswill Akpabio have brought significant controversy to the forefront of Nigerian politics, highlighting issues of transparency, nepotism, and alleged corruption within the country’s legislative body. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how the Senate and the Nigerian public will respond to these revelations.

Credit: Sahara Reporters

 

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