Senate Chief Whip, Ali Ndume, has opined that the rendition of President Bola Tinubu’s campaign song when the latter appeared before the National Assembly to present next year’s budget is not a big deal.
On Wednesday when he presented the 2024 appropriation bill to the joint session of lawmakers from the both chambers of the legislative arm of government, the band was heard playing Tinubu’s campaign song from when he was a presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while lawmakers sang alongside the tune.
Defending the development criticised by Nigerians as an aberration, Mr Ndume recalled how former President Muhammadu Buhari was hailed when he appeared at the hallowed chamber while in office.
He also recalled a scenario where a member of the House of Representatives interrupted former President Olusegun Obasanjo while the latter was addressing the green chamber when he was in power.
“It is not a crime. Honestly, it is not a big deal. In this country, we pick on trivial things,” the Borno South lawmaker said.
“When a President walks in, there are times that some members take advantage of that situation to even challenge the President directly.
“When Buhari came some time back, this same thing was done – ‘Sai Baba’ (was chanted). So why should Tinubu’s case be a big deal?”