Nigerians react as senator kneels before ex-convict

Nigerians react as senator kneels before ex-convict James Ibori

Hundreds of Nigerians have taken to social media in reaction to a photo of James Manager, a ranking senator from Delta State, kneeling beforeJames Ibori, a two-term governor of the state, and an ex-convict.

In the viral photo, the 61-year-old lawmaker who has been representing Delta South Senatorial District in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly since 2003, knelt and appeared begging Ibori.

We understand that the begging senator is desperate for Ibori’s support in his bid to succeed the incumbent state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Ibori ruled the oil-rich Delta State from 1999 to 2007 and was later convicted for embezzling billions of state funds. In spite of his criminal record, which is known to members of the public, Ibori has remained influential, such that he joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

However, while some see Manager’s action to kneel before Ibori as a sign of respect in Urhobo culture, many social media users expressed their disappointments in the lawmaker.