Hannatu Musawa, a Katsina state ministerial nominee, sobs during Senate confirmation hearing, claiming she comes from a poor background and her father sold kolanut to send her to school.
Hannatu Musawa, a ministerial contender from Katsina State, couldn’t hold back her tears as she appeared before the Senate for screening on Tuesday.
Ms Musawa, a lawyer, was one of 28 Nigerians named ministers by President Bola Tinubu last Thursday.
She is presently the president’s cultural and entertainment economic adviser.
On Tuesday, she was the ninth nominee vetted by the upper chamber.
Ms Musawa began to speak about her family background and upbringing when the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, requested her to introduce herself and summarise her resume.
Ms Musawa stated that she hailed from a destitute family trying to live, but that her father, politician Musa Musawa, ensured she received the desired Western education.
She claimed her father exchanged Kolanut for her schooling before he died.
“I come from a low-income family that struggles to make ends meet.” “My father sells ‘goro’ (Kolanut) to pay for my education,” she explained.
The nominee also informed senators that her greatest regret was that her father, who worked tirelessly for her, was unable to witness her nomination for the ministerial position despite all the difficulties.
“My greatest regret is that my father is not here to witness her daughter’s screening for a ministerial position,” she added as she wiped away tears with a handkerchief.
The Katsina nominee stated that she began her political career in 2022 with the Buhari Foundation.
While she was sobbing and speaking, some senators chanted, “It’s okay.”
The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, intervened at this point to prevent her from continuing with her speech.
He informed her that she didn’t need to read an address because she was “not addressing the UN.” He stated that she was only asked to summarise her résumé.
Elisha Abbo, senator for Adamawa North, interjected and asked to speak, and was recognised by the Senate President.