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… Nominees asked to ‘ bow and go’

The infamous “bow and go” syndrome played out on Wednesday as the Senate screened six persons President Goodluck Jonathan nominated for ministerial appointment.

Those screened are – Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos), Hon. Mohammed Wakil (Borno), Ambassador Aminu Wali (Kano), Mrs. Akon Etim Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom), Mrs. Lawrencia Labaran Mallam (Kaduna) and Gen. Mohammed Aliu Gusau (Rtd) (Zamfara).

Senator Obanikoro who was the first to be screened recalled his days in the Senate and his appointment as Nigeria High Commissioner to Ghana.

He listed some of his achievements as a High Commissioner in Ghana and the motions and bills he sponsored as a Senator.

One of the motions, he recalled, was the issue of ocean surge in Lagos which led the Senate to empower a committee to visit the site to seek solution.

He also recalled that he sponsored anti casualisation bill to prevent expatriates from enslaving Nigerians.

He was asked to “bow and go” without any question.

Before Obanikoro was asked to “bow and go” Senate President, David Mark, noted that the Senate believed that anybody who was able to become a Senator or a member of the House of Representatives was more than qualified to be a minister.

A former leader of the House of Representatives, Wakil was the second to be screened.

The former House Leader who was accompanied by a former Speaker of the House, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba and a host of other old House members, also recalled his days in the lower chamber and his work experience.

He was also asked to “bow and go” without question.

The same treatment was extended to General Gusau.

As the Sergeant at Arms walked the former National Security Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo into the chamber, Mark remarked that Gusau is a retired General from NDA Course one while he (Mark) is a retired General from NDA Course three.

There was prolonged laughter in the chamber as Senators shouted “it is a tale of two Generals.”

The Senate President’s remark set the mood in the chamber as Senators shouted “bow and go, bow and go.”

Mark promptly asked “Is it the wish of the Senate that Gusau should bow and go?”

The Senators yelled “yes, he should bow and go.”

Mark asked Gusau to take a bow and go.

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