On Tuesday, the senator representing Delta central, Ovie Omo-Agege wenton his knees down to greet President Muhammadu Buhari after his victory as deputy senate president.
Omo-Agege had secured 68 votes during the senate election to defeat Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and immediate past occupier of the position, who had 37 votes.
While paying a courtesy visit to the presidential villa, alongside Ahmad Lawan, the newly elected senate president, the controversial lawmaker, who could not hide his excitement, went down on his knees to shake Buhari.
Pictures and videos of the incident have since gone viral on social media platforms, and were greeted with backlashes.
While a segment of internet users in the country taunted the senator for stooping low for his new position others condemned his action.
When we have a Deputy Senate President KNEELING DOWN to greet @MBuhari, how can we expect the 9th National Assembly to STAND UP to him? The Legislature was created to CHECK the Executive, not to BOW to them. Kneel to God and parents only. Very sad! #FreeLeahSharibu #RenosDarts pic.twitter.com/81rivi5YtV
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) June 12, 2019
Deputy Senate President, Sen Ovie Omo-Agege, the one who led thugs to invade the national assembly, kneels to greet Buhari.
— IamDejiAdele (@dejiadele) June 12, 2019
Omo-Agege kneels Down to Greet His Master, Buhari,
‘I am ready sir, Use me as you wish.. pic.twitter.com/PXiYNGIW1x
— Sofam_2005 (@2005Sofam) June 12, 2019
Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege kneel down to greet President Buhari.
Urhobo wado, some people said its not Urhobo culture to kneel down and greet an elderly person, some said it's urhobo Culturally OK to do so.
Let's the real Urhobo people tells us which one is correct. pic.twitter.com/TSZfEZ5g6l
— Emir of Lagos (@yakubrasheed) June 12, 2019
My Isoko/Urhobo people, is it cultural for you to kneel down to greet an elderly person in the manner Ovie Omo-Agege greeted Buhari yesterday?
— Nicholas Ibekwe (@nicholasibekwe) June 12, 2019
Deputy Senate President kneeling down for the President is bad optics. Yes, we are Africans and should show respect to elderly folks, but come on, that was needless.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) June 12, 2019
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had endorsed Omo-Agege as Lawan’s deputy.
Omo-Agege made news in April 2018, when the mace was stolen by suspected hoodlums from the house of assembly during plenary.
The senator was alleged to have led the thugs to steal the mace following his appearance at plenary, despite being on suspension — an allegation he denied.
The senate had on April 13, suspended the lawmaker for 90 legislative days over his comment that the proposed re-ordering of the 2019 general election was targeted at Buhari.