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Our Politicians Are Using Us To Catch Cruise – Nigerians React To Ngige/Faleke Video



Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday, engaged in a war of words with a member of the House of Representatives, James Faleke.

Ngige labelled Faleke a ‘small boy’ and claimed he was the lawmaker’s mentor’s mate.

The exchange of words occurred when Ngige appeared before the Adhoc Committee of the House to answer questions over an alleged breach of a presidential directive.

The Minister of Labour and Employment has been accused of suspended top management and executive committee members of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), although the presidential directive bars ministers from sacking heads of agencies.

Faleke accused Ngige of hijacking the NSITF’s budget and removing the board to cover his tracks.

Ngige while speaking before the house said, “I am at least seven years older than you. I’m sure.”

“I am the same age as your mentor in Lagos, Asiwaju (Bola Ahmed Tinubu). And I was Governor with him at the same time. He was a Senator, I was a Senator.”

“I am a two-time Minister, he is a two-time Minister.”

Faleke reacted: “But you won these elections very well?”

Ngige, however, fired back: “No problem about that. Just like you won your own in Kogi State very well and you are now both the Governor and Deputy Governor.”

“You are just a small boy in Lagos. Look at this Mushin boy, talking to a Victoria Island boy.”

After the video clip of the exchange between the two leaders went viral, Nigerians have taken to the streets of Twitter to react, with many describing the incident as a show of shame.

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Some Nigerians also alleged the exchange was done to shift the focus and attention of people away from the real matter been discussed, adding that leadership and governance has been brought to a new low.

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