The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has been criticized for his outburst during hearing at the House ad-hoc Committee investigating an alleged breach of a presidential directive in the suspension of top management and executive committee members of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).
Uncomfortable by the grilling of Hon. James Falake, a member of the committee, the Minister threw caution to the winds to the chagrin of the committee and resorted to uncivil utterances.
But reacting on Saturday in a statement, Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Tom Ohikere, described Ngige’s action as a show of shame.
Ohikere who was a two time Commissioner for Information in Kogi State berated Ngige for throwing tantrums at the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying “the two do not belong to the same political pedestal.
“Chris Ngige has lost a lot of his electoral battles and so shouldn’t compare himself with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC who had distinguished himself politically, socially and economically but should focus on vindicating himself of the corruption he is been accused of.
“Ngige has failed to recognise how Tinubu has over the years blended a crop of new leaders who have turned out to become change-agents and drivers in both Lagos State, Nigeria and the world at large. He has allowed his charisma to infect many young people, thereby enhancing the fructification of his ideas in politics and the professions.
“Ngige only mentored Okija Shrine, hence comparing himself with Asiwaju Tinubu is the height of hallucination. He thinks displaying rings round his ten fingers makes him an uncommon Leader?.
“Ngige should check history well before he make utterances, Tinubu emerged the only surviving governor from the platform of Alliance of Democracy (AD), which produced the entire governors of the Southwest geopolitical zone and the expertise he displayed in raising the state’s internally generated revenue to withstand the induced fiscal straightjacket imposed on the state government as punishment for creating an additional 37 Local Government Council Development Centres stands him out from any match.
“Strengthened by that epic political battle, Asiwaju earned his stripes as the Jagaban Borgu and went ahead to do exploits, winning one strategic engagement after another. Through his foresight, three states in the Southwest were recovered into the progressive fold, including Ekiti, Ondo and Osun. What antecedent does Ngige has to compare himself with Asiwaju.
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