A 34-year-old Nigerian politician who emerged the youngest Nigerian Speaker at the House of Assembly level has been accused of snubing a lady’s handshake.
The Nigerian lawmaker and speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Aliyu Sabiu, was captured in a photo which has since gone viral on social media backing off his hand from an outstretched hand of a lady.
The photo which has since sparked several reactions in the media was shared online by a social media user identified as Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga on Facebook.
The Nigerian social media user added a note to the photo wherein he lambasted the speaker for refusing the woman’s handshake.
Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga wrote:
“You’re crazy with joy that the Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly spurned a handshake from a woman and you are all over the place celebrating his piety or religious devotion. Is good governance measured by these political publicity stunts? Politicians are con artists who can skilfully use religion for a political advantage. The clerics would praise them for these publicity stunts, but they won’t criticise them for poor performance.
The other day, Governor Yari of Zamfara State claimed that the outbreak of meningitis was a punishment from God because of the people’s fornication. Instead of outrage, the clerics validated his logic. Yari would also have been praised for refusing to shake hands with a member of the opposite gender, but he won’t be criticized for not responding to medical emergency or providing basic services for which he was elected. Indeed, Karl Marx was right that religion is the opium of the masses. That is why it isn’t surprising how politicians manipulate religion to arrest our intelligence.”
Read some other reactions from social media users below: