‘Unlike Buhari, Tinubu Is In Charge’- Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume

Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume has said that President Bola Tinubu is in charge of his government unlike former President Muhammadu Buhari, who played a lesser supervisory role during his administration.

Ndume, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress and also the Senate Chief Whip, dropped the bombshell while speaking on Channels Television’s interview programme on Friday.

He maintained that some kleptocrats were in the immediate past administration.

According to him, “the President here is in charge. He takes charge, unlike our former President. That President will just give you an assignment, he will not look over you.

“That is where the problem is and he (Buhari) knows that. That was the mistake President Buhari made. He ended up confessing these days that he had more kleptocrats in his government that people that has more interest at heart.”

Ndume defended the rendition of President Bola Tinubu’s campaign tune at the hallowed chamber of the National Assembly during the presentation of the 2024 budget.

During President Tinubu’s presentation of the appropriation bill earlier in the week, the lawmakers stood up as a symbol of respect, but the band was heard playing Tinubu’s campaign song from when he was a presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

While the lawmakers have come under criticism, Ndume who represents Borno South, however, feels there is nothing wrong with the action.

He argued that under the era of former President Muhammadu Buhari, the ‘sai baba’ mantra was also recited by the lawmakers.

“It is not a crime. Honestly, it is not a big deal. In this country, we pick on trivial things. When a President walks in, there are times that some members take advantage of that situation to even challenges 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?” Ndume said.

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