The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, has lampooned the federal lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in Lagos State, James Faleke, during an investigative hearing by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The duo took swipes at each other during the investigative hearing on the corruption and management crisis rocking the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).
Faleke was on the panel questioning Ngige on the NSITF crisis.
The Minister had described Faleke as a “small Mushin Boy” while responding to questions put forward to him by the lawmaker.
Ngige said he was on the same level with Faleke’s “mentor”, referring to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
“Faleke, they said he is up to 60. You are near my age, but I am at least seven years older than you. I’m sure. I am of the same age with your mentor in Lagos, Asiwaju. I was governor with him at the same time. He was a senator, and I was a senator. I am a two-time minister and he was a minister,” said Ngige.
But also taking a swipe at Ngige, Faleke said unlike the minister who was sacked from office as governor by the Supreme Court, Tinubu won his elections “very well”.
Responding, Ngige said: “no problem about that, just like you won your own in Kogi state very well. And you are now the deputy governor and governor of Kogi state.
“You yab me, I will yab you 10 times. I am a Lagos boy. You are just a small boy in Lagos. Look at this boy. Mushin boy is talking to a VI boy. I live in Victoria Island.Look at this Mushin boy from Kogi O.”