The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has talked from police protection. He declined being part of the officials that booed President Muhammadu Buhari, amid the 2019 spending introduction before a joint session of the National Assembly on December 19, 2018.
Melaye stated that he was missing at the House of Representatives chamber, scene of the spending introduction on that day.
After the occurrence, there have been talk in the internet that the booing was driven by the Kogi Senator.
However, Melaye, in his first response to the internet talk, said in an announcement by his media assistant, Gideon Ayodele, on Saturday evening that those that continued calling his name on the episode fabricate it against him.
“The attention of Senator Dino Melaye has been drawn to a malicious reference to his person on the social media as one of the lawmakers who booed President Muhammadu Buhari during his 2019 Budget presentation before a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.”
“Before now, he had refused to refute the mischievous social media fabrication for what it is – a cheap lie – Senator Dino Melaye was not in the National Assembly that day.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye was absent at the televised 2019 Budget Presentation session and hereby challenges anyone with contrary proof to come forward with such.”