The senators were vexed that one of them admitted that they receive fat salaries.
Mr. Ayade, a professor and a first time senator, fresh from the “outside world” admitted publicly that he and his 108 colleagues were beneficiaries of “fat salaries” while the bulk of Nigerians languish in terrible hardship.
He was debating a motion on human trafficking at a senate plenary that day.
But in a further showcasing of the lawmakers’ aloofness to the Nigerian reality, Mr. Ayade was ferociously rebuked by his colleagues who issued a dramatic disclaimer authored apparently by no less a figure than the senate president, David Mark, himself.
Mr. Mark literally forced the senator to withdraw the remark and a humbled Mr. Ayade capitulated.
PREMIUM TIMES brings you a replay of that exchange in distinct audio as our Throwback for this week.