Saraki rejects Ndume’s first prayer after suspension

Ali Ndume
Senator Ali Ndume used to illustrate the story.

In what appeared like a continuation of contention between the two, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday rejected an appeal by former Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, for a minute silence for deceased senator, Isiaka Adeleke.

Mr. Ndume had sought the leave of the Senate to grant him the privilege of paying a last respect to his friend, Mr. Adeleke, who he described as his ‘landlord.’

He sought the privilege while quoting the Senate standing order 14(a, b and c)

The Senate had on April 25 observed a minute silence for the late senator, but Mr. Ndume requested for another minute of silence due to his absence.

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, you know that I’ve been away for seven and half months and coming in today, we all know that in my absence, we lost Distinguished Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who was sitting right behind me. I used to call him my landlord. I didn’t have the opportunity to pay my tribute, I want to appeal to this Senate to again stand for a minute silence and pray for the repose of his soul.”

Mr. Saraki in response, however, did not seek the leave of the Senate to either grant the prayer or not as is the usual practice.

“Your point of order is noted,” Mr. Saraki replied without putting any question to other lawmakers.

Mr. Ndume had stirred the hornets’ nest when he asked the Senate to investigate public allegations of impropriety against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and another senator, Dino Melaye.

Following recommendations by the Ethics and Privileges Committee, the Senate on March 30 suspended Mr. Ndume.

The former Senate Majority Leader resumed on Wednesday following the conclusion of his suspension.

Earlier last week, a court nullified his suspension and ordered payment of all his entitlements for the period.


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  • Timothy

    Haba Ndume….you want to force the Senate to do what they had already done in your absence….haba! Its your personal thing and not what you will drag the Senate to observe….what’s the motive here?

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      You know some people always like to be seen or heard. Saraki was right in ignoring him.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Actually, Saraki was wrong to have Ignored him.

        His request is dumb and he should have been lectured on how not to waste legislative time.

        If he wants to wear black for the next 2 years in respect of his friend, that’s his choice and private decision.

        It shouldn’t be a legislative matter.

        • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

          True bro, the guy is still smarting from what happened to him, he is still bitter at the betrayal and loss of confidence of his colleagues – removal as maj leader while away praying and then lengthy suspension while on his knees. It’s psychologically therapeutic, he wants to be seen to take center space, maybe compelling the Senate to do something of symbolic significance that can be attributed to him. But like you rightly said in so doing he came across dumb

  • Oladapo Olaomo

    You may need to visit senate library for update. Your request is retrogressive.

  • shola

    With this mpertinent act, Saraki has once again proof that he is a poor looser.

    • Anonymous

      Excuse me, i am neutral and objective, not sentimetal or emotional, the senate has already held a minute silence, an individual senator cannot hold the senate to ransome for his own personal fancies, Saraki was polite but truth is the request was unressonanble and out of order, nobody stopped Ndume from paying his respects in private, if Ndume were not suspended but was absent during the minute silence, will he ask for another chance?