Senate President Renders Apology to Nigerians, ‘Let the Masses Breath’

Godswill Akpabio

Nigerian Senate President, Godswill Akpabio has expressed deep concern over the purported ‘let the people breath’ and ‘let the masses breath’ related statements as being referred to criticize and mock the hardship Nigerians are passing through.

The Nigeria Senate during plenary passed a motion on let the people breath, in other words ‘let the masses breath’, that the motion was not to mock Nigerians but in favour of a motion moved by Senator Akintunde Abiodun.

The slogan, let the people breath, let the poor breath or let the mass breath is not in way supporting the claim of the senate, as Nigerians were patiently waiting for the current APC-led government to do something urgent to alleviate the hardship the fuel subsidy removal has caused them.

The statement which was released by The Media Unit of the office of the Senate President @SPNigeria reads in part:


We are deeply concerned about the negative tilting of a very harmless statement by President of the Senate,  Godswill Akpabio, about his deep concern and that of the Senate on the plight of the ordinary Nigerians as a result of the prevailing economic situation in the country.

The statement “Let The People Breathe”  made during Plenary on 26th July 2023, was made by Senator Akintunde Abiodun while speaking on the motion to halt the planned electricity tariff hike.

We want to assure the general public that all matters discussed during Senate sessions are of utmost importance and are treated with great seriousness by the President of the Senate and his Distinguished colleagues.

It is crucial to clarify that the intentions of the mover of the motion and the comments of the President of the Senate were never to make light of the hardships, suffering and economic challenges faced by Nigerians at this critical juncture.

The purpose of the proposal was to firmly reject any plan of increasing electricity tariffs for Nigerians, considering the ongoing economic challenges that Nigerians are faced with.

The primary focus of the current National  Assembly under the Chairmanship of Senator Akpabio is on the implementation of effective and well-structured policies that truly benefit the people. He has repeatedly assured Nigerians that the current Senate will work for all Nigerians.

The President of the Senate deeply empathises with  Nigerians and has never considered the current economic crisis in the country as a matter of jest.

His unwavering commitment lies in serving the best interests of the Nigerian people with the release of the ministerial list and the subsequent screening and swearing-in of the  ministers we have high hopes that the newly appointed officials will promptly address the challenges and bring the much needed relief and succour to all citizens, thereby, easing the current hardship and pains experienced  by Nigerians.


Media Unit
Office of the President of the Senate.

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