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Shehu Sani Reacts To Akpabio’s Comment on Senators’ Vacation Allowance

Says Akpabio “pressed the alarm button” by making such announcement on live television
10 months ago
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Former lawmaker from Kaduna, Shehu Sani, has reacted to what seems like a gaffe by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, about disbursement of vacation allowance to Senators.

The Tuesday gaffe by the Senate President has sent shockwaves through Nigeria’s political landscape, drawing criticisms from Nigerians who question the lavish lifestyle of the political elite.

Senator Akpabio’s eyebrow-raising statement during a Senate session is further fanning the flames of controversy surrounding legislative compensation in Nigeria.

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The saga began when the Senator President, Godswill Akpabio, known for his candid statements, made an astonishing claim during Senate session.  A video circulating online showed him purportedly saying: “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…,”

Reactions from other senators made Akpabio to withdraw the statement, and rephrased it saying: “In order to enjoy your holidays, the Senate President has sent prayers to your mailboxes to assist you to go on a safe journey and return.”

While the exact context and implications of this statement remained somewhat enigmatic, it ignited a storm of speculation and curiosity.

According to Sani, vacation allowance disbursements are indeed carried out in a discreet manner. He said: “Crediting the Legislators’ accounts is done under the mute button, the Uncommon Senate President mistakenly pressed the alarm.”

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Sani’s remarks via his verified Twitter handle have sparked fresh heated debates among political analysts and citizens alike. Critics argue that the lack of transparency in such crucial financial matters undermines the principles of accountability and good governance.

They insist that the public deserves a clearer understanding of how their elected representatives are compensated, particularly when it involves taxpayer funds.

As the dust settles and the revelations continue to reverberate through the political arena, the Nigerian public remains divided on the matter. Calls for increased transparency and openness within the legislative body are intensifying, with many citizens demanding a more thorough examination of the vacation allowance disbursement process amidst the economic crisis in the country.

The unfolding developments promise to keep the spotlight firmly on Nigeria’s legislative practices, prompting a broader discussion about transparency, accountability, and the responsibilities of elected officials to their constituents.


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