Chukwuemeka Ejekwu, the skit maker popularly known as Sabinus, has called out the federal government over the current minimum wage.


Former President Muhammadu Buhari signed the minimum wage act that approved N30,000 for both federal and state workers in 2019.

In January 2023, the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) said it would start the process of reviewing the national minimum wage.

However, there have been calls by organised labour for an upward review of the minimum wage after May 29, 2023, when President Bola Tinubu announced the removal of the petrol subsidy in his inauguration speech.


In a video via his Instagram story, Sabinus wondered why the minimum wage has not been increased — amid the current economic hardship in the country.

“But wait o, make we calm down check this thing. Make we tell ourselves the truth. Nigerian government never reach to dey pay civil servants more than N30,000 as minimum wage?” he said in pidgin language.

“What is N30,000 now? Like why them dey do this thing? Wetin dey really go on for this country? What is really going on?”


The development comes a few days after Mercy Aigbe, the actress, called on Seyi, Tinubu’s son, to tell his father to “do something” about the current economic hardship in the country.

Aigbe lamented that citizens are “hungry and dying”. She added that Tinubu should “reduce the struggles of the masses”.

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