Former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, had strong words in response to the first batch of the ministerial list submitted by President Bola Tinubu to the Senate on Thursday. He expressed his dissatisfaction with some of the nominees, calling them “vultures” and “serpents.”
Tinubu’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, presented the list on the floor of the upper legislative arm, and the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, read out the names.
The list included prominent figures such as Nyesom Wike, Nasir el-Rufai, Badaru Abubakar, and Dave Umahi, former governors of Rivers, Kaduna, Jigawa, and Ebonyi respectively. Additionally, it featured individuals like Wale Edun, a former Lagos Commissioner of Finance, and Dele Alake, Tinubu’s special adviser on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, among others.
Notably, the list also had several women nominees, including Betta Edu, Hannatu Musawa, Doris Anichie Uzoka, Stella Okotete, Uju Kennedy Ohaneye, and Iman Suleiman Ibrahim.
Taking to his Twitter page hours later, Shehu Sani expressed his concern about the president welcoming individuals with a history of treachery, comparing them to serpents. He also criticized the inclusion of nominees who played the role of Judas, without mentioning specific names.
In his tweet, Sani made a biblical reference to Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus Christ known for betraying Him to the Jewish chief priests for thirty pieces of silver.
“The Ministerial list; The President embraced some serpents with a known history of treachery and rewarded some vultures for playing the Judas. Appeasing a snake in a palace doesn’t spare the King.” – Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) July 27, 2023
The statement by Senator Sani highlighted his disapproval of certain nominees and raised questions about the choices made by President Tinubu in forming his ministerial team.