“Off your Mic” – Akpabio orders Abaribe For Asking Nominee Question on Court Orders
During the screening of a ministerial nominee today, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, the president of the 10th Nigerian senate, ordered Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe to refrain from trying to dig into government’s response to court orders, saying it is rather preemptive.
During the screening, Senator Abaribe had asked; “What actions would you take if the federal government chooses not to comply with court orders, assuming your appointment is confirmed?”
However, Abaribe’s question was conceived to be rather provocative by the Senate President, who with a sharp rebuff, halted the former by ordering him to “off your microphone!”
Fuming in anger, Akpabio went further to inform Abaribe in a rather repulsive manner, saying: “You can’t be asking such a question because it is preemptive. He expressed that the administration of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu believes in the rule of law, unlike what may have occurred in previous governments.”
Meanwhile, Abaribe’s inquisitiveness is perceived not to be far from the refusal of the Federal government to obey the verdict of various courts which had severally, ordered for the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, since June, 2021 on the leave of the immediate past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari.