Olumide Aderinokun, the husband of prominent media personality Stephanie Coker, has shared his perspective on the controversial N2 million token given to senators in Nigeria. In a tweet on Tuesday, August 15, Aderinokun expressed his belief that the amount is not a significant sum, and in fact, is “too small” for a senator.
Aderinokun, a businessman in his own right, acknowledged that for a family man, N2 million might seem like a substantial amount of money. However, he suggested that considering the responsibilities and expenses of a senator, this sum should not be considered significant. He also mentioned that publicly announcing the token was insensitive to the challenges faced by Nigerians.
“The N2 million given to senators isn’t a big deal. It is even too small for a senator. What can a family man do with N2 million ($2,000)? Why are we making it a big deal? However, they shouldn’t have made it public. Making it public is a bit insensitive to the plight of Nigerians,” Aderinokun tweeted.
This statement from Aderinokun comes in response to Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s announcement to members of the National Assembly that a token had been sent to them for their holiday enjoyment. The public disclosure of this gesture ignited widespread reactions among Nigerians, who criticized it as being insensitive, particularly in a time when many citizens are grappling with economic hardships.
As the debate on the appropriateness of the token continues, Aderinokun’s perspective sheds light on the differing perspectives regarding the financial allowances given to senators and the challenges faced by ordinary Nigerians. It raises pertinent questions about the allocation of resources and highlights the need for empathy and consideration in matters concerning public funds.
It remains to be seen whether this discussion will lead to any changes in the way politicians are remunerated and whether there will be greater transparency and sensitivity to the realities faced by the Nigerian populace.