The Senate on Tuesday, February 23, had a mild rowdy session following a comment by Sen Smart Adeyemi on Abia state.
While contributing to a motion on the need to restore Safe School Initiative, Sen Smart Adeyemi described Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu as a ‘champagne-loving man’.
The lawmaker from Kogi West went on to describe Abia State as a state “governed by drunkards.”
Interestingly, two ex-governors of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Theodore Orji are members of the Senate. In fact, the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe also served as deputy leader of the state.
While speaking on the security situation in the country, Sen Smart Adeyemi commended some governors in the country, including his governor, Yahaya Bello for their initiative on security.
He said: “Some governors are committed to the protection of their people. In my state, the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them.
“In some states of Nigeria today, where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia, they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man.
“Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.”
Abaribe demanded an apology from the lawmaker and also asked Senate President Ahmad Lawan to caution Sen Smart Adeyemi.
Meanwhile, the Senate on Tuesday, February 23, confirmed ex-Service Chiefs as non-career Ambassador-designates.
The Senate, following the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on foreign affairs, confirmed the nominees.
The following were confirmed: Gen Abayomi G. Olonosakin (Rtd); Lt. Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd); Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete (Rtd); as well as Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd); and also Air Vice Mashal Muhammed S. Usman (Rtd)
The confirmation was not without controversy as the Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe raised a point of order on why the committee dismissed some petitions against the nomination.
During the session, Minority Leader Abaribe raised a point of order on the report. He also noted that the committee dismissed two petitions against the ex-Service Chiefs.
“I was hoping the committee would have given us an inkling on why the petitions were dismissed. One of the petitions was on the integrity of the Senate.
“The petition said the Senate took resolutions against the ex-service chiefs. We had about three resolutions calling for their removal as Service Chiefs. The same people have been nominated and expected to be confirmed by the Senate,” the Minority Leader said.