Nigerian comedian Frank Donga had a little dig at the Nigerian Senate over their ‘Take a Bow and go’ practice which was used to frustrating effect in the recently concluded Ministerial screening.
The Practice, which was adopted in 2003 was supposed to be a courtesy for any nominees who had been elected to the Senate or House of Representatives in the past.
However, as was seen in the recent screening, the privilege is now also being extended to all persons with previous legislative experience at state levels.
This has been criticized by Nigerians who believe that this is a way to drag the screening exercise in the mud and doesn’t give Senators a chance to ask relevant questions.
Frank Donga also made his feelings known about it, mocking it with a little joke on his Twitter where he asked his future employer to please just ask him to bow without asking him any questions just so he has an easy job.
He tweeted:”Dear future employer, I think you can see your mates, plz, tell me to take a bow at my next interview and give me job. Nobody get 2 head, I no pompous o!, Na beg I beg 🙏🏻😞🚶🏽♂️”
This unpopular policy was extended to the following individuals in the last screening exercise: Godswill Akpabio ( Akwa Ibom), George Akume ( Benue), Emeka Nwajuaba ( Imo), Adeleke Mamora ( Lagos), Rotimi Amaechi ( Rivers), Tayo Alasoadura ( Ondo).
Others include: Mustapha Shehuri ( Borno), Timipre Sylva ( Bayelsa), Abubakar Aliyu ( Yobe), Sharon Ikeazor ( Anambra), Ramatu Aliyu ( Kogi), Sadiya Umar Farouk ( Zamfara ),Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo ( Ekiti), Chris Ngige ( Anambra ) and Muhammadu Musa Bello ( Adamawa) all of whom were then excluded from questioning.
Director of Center for Democracy and Development ( CDD), Austin Aigbe condemned this mode of screening and he said: “What we see now is that you are former senator, former House member so you bow and go. The funny one is that your brother used to be a member of the National Assembly and you come from the area where the Senate President is from and because of that, you take a bow? What does that add to the Nigerian state?”