Senate President Godswill Akpabio has come under fire after saying on live television that money has been sent to senators to enjoy their recess.
The Upper Chamber on Monday concluded the screening and confirmation of President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees.
Thereafter, the senators adjourned plenary to September 26.
A video trending on social media seen by The Nation shows where Akpabio was addressing his colleagues before the adjournment motion was moved. He said money has been sent by Magaji Tambuwal, clerk of the national assembly, to the senators to “enjoy” their holidays.
“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,” he said.
The Senate President was quickly informed by his colleagues that he was speaking before live television and press cameras.
After realising the magnitude of his remarks, Akpabio swiftly retracted.
“I withdraw that statement,” he said.
“In order to allow you to enjoy your holiday, the senate President has sent prayers to your mailboxes to assist you to go on a safe journey and return.”