After several days of keeping Nigerians glued to their television sets and radios, the Senate has finally concluded the screening of ministerial nominees following today’s screening of Dr Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah(Abia), Anwuka Anthony (Imo), Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi) and Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto).
Although it was always going to be tough to beat the performances of Babatunde Fashola or the jibe throwing of Lai Mohammed, the latest batch of screened nominees however didn’t disappoint as some of them were still able to provide Nigerians with entertainment value.
Mr. Usani Uguru’s “God Forbid” Statement
Cross River State ministerial nominee, Mr. Usani Uguru, drew the ire of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senators yesterday after he said ‘God forbid’ to claims that he had once belonged to the party.
Uguru had in his introductory remark noted how he had traversed the country building relationships.
Asked if he had done that on the platform of PDP, to which he was alleged to have been a member, he responded “God forbid,” causing uproar among senators of both parties.
Uguru’s statement left APC senators in stitches, while PDP senators were obviously fuming.
Noticing the agitation among PDP senators, Uguru quickly offered his apologies, but it did not soothe the anger in the PDP benches.
The Minister Who Couldn’t Recite The National Pledge…Properly
One of the nominees, Zainab Ahmed, a foster sister of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, representing Kaduna State, missed one of the lines of the National Pledge when she was asked to recite it, yesterday.
On the second line of the Pledge, Ahmed said: “To be loyal, honest and faithful”, instead of “To be faithful, loyal and honest”.
Still On Uguru
After the apology by Uguru, other PDP senators took their turns to expose the loop holes in his resumé.
Raising a point of order, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, PDP, Abia North, drew the attention of his colleagues that the nominee did not comply with the law on tax payment because all his tax clearance as contained in his curriculum vitae were obtained on the same day.
“All the tax clearance the man submitted to the Senate are obtained on the same day, the same date and at the same time. Mr Senate President, we should not ignore this. We should find out why tax clearance for a number of years were obtained on the same day and submitted to the Senate . I am a Christian, and this is submitted by a Pastor not a Malam. And we as Senate should not ignore this anomaly.”
Saraki however ruled Ohuabunwa out of order pointing out that he ought to have put it as a question to the nominee.
Before the end of Uguru’s screening, Senate Majority leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume and Senator Ehinnanya Abaribe openly disagreed over Uguru’s alleged non-compliance with the law on asset declaration.
Abaribe had drawn the attention of the Senate to the fact that Uguru’s had not complied with the section 120 of the Senate rule which states that ’no nominee would be confirmed until he had shown proof of compliance with the asset declaration law.’
But Ndume rose in disagreement explaining that the nominee could declare his assets even after confirmation by the Senate.
Prof. Anthony Onwuka’s Ingenuous Way Of Teaching Values To Students
Imo State Ministerial nominee, Prof. Anthony Onwuka shocked many senators when he was asked how he intends to impress values on students if he was made Education Minister.
The professor simply said he would make sure primary and nursery schools replace drawings and charts on school walls with images of arrested criminals in chains, Black Maria vans and finally pictures of them behind bars in prison.
Professor Anwuka, however, redeemed himself and brilliantly answered other questions posed to him by the senators.
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