David Olumide Aderinokun, a prominent Nigerian politician, has expressed his viewpoint regarding the N2 million ‘token’ recently provided to senators, stating that it isn’t a significant amount. Aderinokun, who is married to well-known media personality Stephanie Coker, shared his perspective on Twitter on Tuesday, August 15, emphasizing that the money allocated is even deemed “too small” for a senator.
Aderinokun, a businessman, indicated that while the sum of 2 million Naira (equivalent to $2,000) may not hold great financial weight for a senator, it should not be inflated into a major issue. He questioned the public uproar surrounding the matter and pointed out that the funds should not have been made a subject of public discourse. He went on to suggest that publicizing the allocation was insensitive to the challenges faced by the Nigerian population.
The context of Aderinokun’s statements revolves around an incident involving Senate President Godswill Akpabio. Akpabio had announced to members of the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly that a token had been extended to them to enjoy during the holiday period. This revelation, captured on camera, triggered a wave of reactions from Nigerians. Many individuals criticized the timing of the announcement, deeming it inappropriate and out of touch with the economic hardships being endured by the populace.
Aderinokun’s remarks add another layer of insight into the ongoing discourse about the allocation of funds to senators. His perspective underscores the differing viewpoints and sensitivities surrounding financial matters involving public officials. As the discussion continues, Nigerians grapple with the balance between appropriate monetary allocations and the pressing concerns of the general populace.