LAGOS ASSEMBLY THIS WEEK
By: Okunade Adekunle
Some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly during the week bore their minds on the broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari after his arrival from the London medical treatment and the comment credited to his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on the renovation of the President’s office.
Part of the lawmakers is, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, who described the statement credited to President Muhammmadu Buhari’s aide on the President ‘s office being infested by rodents as unnecessary, pedestrian and embarrassment.
Braimoh, who is the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy, Publicity and and Security told newsmen that such comment degraded office of the President.
The lawmaker spoke against that backdrop of a report trending in the media that President’s Media Adviser, Garba Shehu said Buhari would work from home because rodents damaged his official office during his medical vacation in London.
Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency II at the Assembly, therefore, appealed to the President’s media handlers to treat the exalted and singular most important office in Nigeria with the reverence and veneration it deserves.
He stressed, “The President working from the office in his residence is not exactly a new or unfamiliar phenomenon neither does it portend any grave or strange omen”
The lawmaker added, “In any case , the office in the residence was not built for the fun of it and if the President uses it , it is a justification of its function and provision. It becomes superfluous, superficial and verbose of the media office to talk so tersely and scantily of the country’s highest office as to say it was infested by rodents.
“It is a national embarrassment which smirks of systemic failure and abject degradation. I think it would have simply sufficed if the handlers had said the office needed to be renovated , cleaned up and made more compliant to the personal health and hygiene requirements of Mr President. Such condescending statements as the President ‘s office being infested by rodents is at the best unnecessary and at the worst pedestrian,” He said.
According to him, without doubt, the office is the pivot around which the wheel of the country rotates and it is the mirror against which we are reflected.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers at the Lagos State House of Assembly, during the week also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to redouble efforts at fulfilling campaign promises following his return from medical vacation.
The lawmakers, expressed gratitude to God for the safe return of Buhari from London after 100 days away.
According to them, the return of the President is a good omen for the country, especially the masses who stood by him while he was away.
Hon. Segun Olulade, the Chairman, House Committee on Health commended the President for heeding medical advice.
Olulade, representing Epe Constituency II at the House urged the President to work hard to fulfill all the campaign promises.
“He has done what is needful by treating himself. This is a welcome development. We expect to see more of his campaign promises coming to bear,” He said
According to him, so many Nigerians believed so much in the President to alleviate their suffering and hardships and the hope of such people should not be dashed.
In his word, Hon. Setonji David, the Chairman, House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development expressed confidence in the ability of Buhari to improve the economy.
David said: “We thank Almighty God for bringing our President back to the country alive. This is a cheering news. We want Mr President to bounce back for the cause of the masses.
“People, especially the Nigerian masses are really looking up to the President to make life easy for them and I believe the President will not let them down.”
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy, Publicity and and Security, Hon. Tunde Braimoh (APC-Kosofe II) said: “We thank God for the arrival of Mr President, it portends a very great hope and good omen for the country.
“Now that he is back, a lot of grounds must be covered, we want him to reciprocate the love and confidence repose on him by the citizenry.
“A lot of Nigerian were patient, prayerful and wished him well all along. Now that he is back efforts should be redoubled to make lot of Nigerians much better, life should be more abundant for the people. There must be enough infrastructures, enough facilities and enough policies that will make the people happy and feel the impact of his government.Hunger must be banished, people should have real life and have food on their table. Hospital should function, roads should get better, schools should work and economy should be revived. The president must work hard to justified the confidence and love reposed on him by the people of Nigeria.
“The President remains a lucky man who is enjoying a lot of love and admirations from people,” Braimoh stated.
In his comment, the lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 1, Hon. Olusola Sokunle, said there are serious tasks for the President as he arrived, saying further that the President should concentrate more now on economic restructuring.
Sokunle added, ” The current state of the economic is seriously begging for the attention of Mr President now that he has arrived from his medical vacation. I will urge Nigerians to also continue to support him so that we are work together to strengthen the economy”.
Buhari left Nigeria on May 7, for the second round of his medical treatment in London after receiving 82 rescued Chibok school girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect in 2014, while he returned on Saturday at exactly 4:35 p.m. to Abuja after a successful medical vacation in London.