President Muhammadu Buhari briefly exchanged pleasantries with Senator Dino Melaye during his presentation of the 2020 budget before a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 8.
The moment Senator Melaye greeted the president was captured in a photograph which has seen gone viral on social media, particularly Twitter.
In the photograph, Melaye is seen smiling and greeting the president while the president, in turn, pointed at him.
What makes the photograph special
Senator Melaye who represents Kogi West on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a staunch critic of President Buhari.
Popular on social media as a result of his ‘dramatic’ actions, controversial posture and outspokenness on the floor of the Senate, Melaye never spares words when it comes to criticising the president and his administration.
His criticisms of President Buhari dates back to 2018 when he and other lawmakers dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP.
Giving the harshness and the consistency of his criticisms of the federal government, the last thing Nigerians would expect is seeing smiling and exchanging warm greetings with the president.
For instance when President Buhari was booed during the presentation of the 2019 budget last year, many believed Senator Melaye was one of the unruly lawmakers who engaged in the ’embarassing’ act, although he denied involvement.
Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had earlier reported that Senator Melaye raised alarm over the growing spate of kidnapping in the country, particularly along Abuja-Lokoja expressway.
The lawmaker representing raised a point of order on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, October 2.
Melaye noted that the road was important to its users in the north and the south but with the rise in kidnapping, enough attention has not been given to it.