Melaye Wears Unusual Attire to Senate, Senators Complain about His ‘Babalawo’ Dressing


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For about two hours last week Wednesday, Senator Dino Melaye reportedly turned the floor of the Senate into his palace cum shrine, leaving his colleagues speechless.

Wearing a blue Aso-Oke, with an orange cap knitted with beads, Melaye also used white fly-whisks. On his neck, Melaye, who is from Okun speaking part of Kogi State, wore four different beads.

Daily Post reports that other senators were heard shouting Kabiyesi, Babalawo and masquerade.

While leaving the chamber, Melaye turned left, right, looked at his front and back before departing the chamber, leaving behind his fly-whisks on his seat.

Thirty minutes later, Melaye returned to the chamber. That was when Senator Peter Nwaboshi (PDP, Delta North) raised point of order, saying: “Melaye was not properly dressed, he dresses like Babalawo.”

Order 56 (13) of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended says: “Senators shall attend the sitting of the Senate properly dressed.”

Senate President Bukola Saraki replied that “Which part of the dressing are you complaining about? It is noted.”

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