Friday, 26 July 2019

#MinisterialScreening : Drama as Dino Melaye asks Keyamo to recite second stanza of national anthem

There was mild drama in the senate chamber on Friday after Dino Melaye asked ministerial nominee, Festus Keyamo, to recite the second stanza of the national anthem.

Melaye made the request while asking Keyamo questions during the ministerial screening.

The Kogi senator had started by describing Keyamo, nominee from Delta state, as his good friend, saying “our relationship dates back to years”.

He first sought the views of Keyamo on whether the powers of the attorney-general of the federation cover three interests: public interest, interest of justice and need to prevent abuse of legal process.

Melaye then asked Keyamo to recite the second stanza of the national anthem.

“I just want to say that as a versatile minister, I know you to be intellectually mobile, you recite the second stanza of the national anthem,” he said.

The request was met with a thunderous “no oooo” but Melaye stood his ground even after his microphone was switched off.

Shouting on the top of his voice, the Kogi lawmaker said: “Mr Chairman, screening as it has been described is meant for us to screen the candidates…”

But Senate President Ahmad Lawan overruled Melaye.

“That is not a question. So you have asked about two question. You have asked very serious questions, so you can disregard the other part,” he said.

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