December 11, 2023


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Labour Party's Senator Ireti Kingigbe

Akpabio’s “Holiday Allowance” Comment: Kate Henshaw, Macaroni Slam Senators
….”I haven’t received any “prayers” from Akpabio” -LP Senator Ireti Kingigbe

The unguarded “holiday allowance” comment from the Senate President on the floor of the National Assembly has continued to elicit reactions from notable Nigerians.

In his own reaction the famous skit maker and social activist, Debo Adebayo, aka Mr Macaroni, has condemned the leadership of the National Assembly over their luxurious lifestyles amid unimaginable hardship by Nigerians.

In a post on his social media platform on Wednesday, the skit maker questioned why poor Nigerians have to pay for the luxurious lifestyle and the greed of their leaders.

“The Senate President has sent very expensive prayers out of the insufficient blessings of over 200 million people to himself and his already blessed colleagues at the National Assembly.

“These are the leaders that have asked struggling Nigerians to make sacrifices if they want things to work in the country. So while Nigerians are going through unbearable hardship, our leaders are sending money to themselves to enjoy holidays.

“Who are those that should be making sacrifices if not for our leaders?
“Do our leaders understand that leadership is about service, selfishness and sacrifice??
“Why do the poor people of Nigeria have to pay for the luxurious lifestyle of the leaders?? Why??? This isn’t leadership!!!” Mr Macaroni quipped.

In her own reaction Nollywood veteran Actress Kate Henshaw, slammed Nigerian senators.

She said that the only ‘prayers’ going into the ‘mailboxes’ of poor Nigerians are more taxes and burdens.

Henshaw was also reacting to the statement credited to the Senate President Godswill Akpabio where he told his fellow Senators that:
“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”.

It will be recalled that Senator Akpabio later withdrew the statement rephrasing the supposed disbursement as “prayers” sent to their “mailboxes”.

Kate Henshaw wrote, “The only “prayers” going into the “mail” of Nigerians is more taxes, more burdens, more “grin & bear it”, more “we don’t give a f@#k”.

“Happy holidays to the ones meant to serve & bring succour to their constituents. Nothing do una jare.

“What’s the worst that can happen? Morning”

Meanwhile the senator representing the FCT and member of the Labour Party, LP, Ireti Kingibe, has stated she has not received the ‘prayers’ promised by the Senate President, Godswil Akpabio.

She revealed this during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

She said, “No, actually, I did not receive any prayers, but I will check my email for the prayers.”