Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, a former Lagos State Commissioner of Youth, Sports and Social Development during the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has kicked against the “take a bow” being uncontrollable being used at the ongoing screening exercise for ministerial nominees at the House of Senate.
Take a bow is one of the traditions of the National Assembly. When lawmakers tell a nominee of the president’s ministerial nominee to “take a bow” during screening, it means the nominee who should have been grilled will be given automatic pass with little or no questions.
Such nominees are only asked by the Senate President to “add one or two things” if he has something to say. Since the 2019 ministerial screening started on Wednesday, July 24, ten nominees have enjoyed the privilege.
They include George Akume, Sharon Ikeazor, Godswill Akpabio, Olorunnimbe Mamora, Emeka Nwajuiba, Rotimi Amaechi, Tayo Alasoadura, Abubakar Aliyu, Timipre Sylva, Ramatu Tijani at the time of filing this report.
Senator Bamidele, who didn’t outrightly kick against extending the privilege to former members, however, said Nigerians want to know more about those who will be assisting President Muhammadu Buhari in managing the country’s affairs.
Those who have never been members of the National Assembly and enjoyed the privilege include Amaechi, Mrs Tijani and the former deputy governor of Yobe State Abubakar Aliyu.