A ranking member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mudashiru Kamil Akinlabi, from Afijio/Atiba East/Oyo West Federal Constituency, told Ademola Adeyemo, how hanging out with friends provides the needed relief from the stress of work
For Hon. Mudashiru Kamil Akinlabi, a member of the House of Representatives representing Afijio/Atiba East/Oyo West Federal constituency, is position is not the enviable one. As a lawmaker and political leader in his own right with a degree of sophistication, that he is vulnerable to stress is trite. And with a composite knowledge of his calling, he understands the need to strike a balance between work and relaxation for productivity.
Therefore, for him to overcome the stress from the cumulative legislative works, political meetings and other official concerns, Akinlabi said as a matter of choice and preference, he rather would hang out with positive-minded friends and political associates, where such socialisation births forth good rapport, sharpens their knowledge of issues as well as enhance their politics.
“After my work, I dislike thinking about negativity and prefer to surround myself with positivity. That is more worthwhile than anything at all. It's also good to surround yourself with positive people, because they will influence your mood and your outlook towards life.
“So, having someone who you can honestly talk to and able to express your feelings to helps release stress; it's like when you feel bad and when you share that with others who listen willingly, it somehow makes you feel good. So, we relax and share ideas together over bottles of wine. The sharing thing always works since it's not good to bottle up our emotions,” he said.
Akinlabi also said that he carefully chooses his friends and avoids negative people, political jobbers and those who thrive on running other people down.
“You cannot afford to overlook the importance of the kind of people you associate with. It is said that when you sleep with a dog, you'll wake up with a lice, so who you associate with greatly affects your life. Every morning, the first thing I do is to observe my prayers as a Muslim; I first thank Him for choosing me to serve my people and be able to affect their lives positively and also for being my guidance in all my endeavours.
“I pray to Him to be with me always and give me the strength to continue to serve people and be a catalyst of a positive change in the society. After this, I will do light exercise and set out for duty,” he explained.
Akinlabi said he always counsels people to stop worrying about things they cannot handle alone but allow God to handle them.
Apart from killing stress by hanging out, the lawmaker also said he relaxes by spending time with his family, plays with them and attends to their needs.
“Overcoming daily stress is serving my family. I enjoy doing things for my wife my kids and other members of the family and that relieves my stress. My family makes me happy and they are one of the reasons for me to think of a brighter future. Taking a good sleep is also a way of overcoming daily stress. I don't want to think too much on problems. I want to be positive of challenges so that I will not be much stressed.”
According to him, much of the stress people experience today is as a result of wanting to be in control of everything and it is not possible to control all aspects of your life, neither is it desirable to do so.
“Whilst there will always be problems that require urgent attention, sometimes, we feel the need to intervene and influence situations when we will be better off letting things unfold in the fullness of time. I am full of restless energy and I find it very difficult to sit back and let things happen in their own time”
“I always ask myself whether there is one thing I can do right now that will influence the situation for the better because I’m passionate about influencing the living condition of my people. My understanding is that the journey is as important as the destination. So it is better to be good to everybody, enjoy every moment and live life fully.”
A member of the 6th and 7th National Assembly, Akinlabi was first elected as a member of the lower house in 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but following the crisis in the party, he was allegedly instructed by his people to leave the party and join the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on whose platform he was re-elected into the House in 2011.
His re-election was however made possible, according to reports, because of the perception that he was the most vocal of all the representatives from the state.
He was said to have contributed sensibly and passionately to debates apart from discharging his legislative duties well as then Chairman of the House Committee on Youth Development. His constituency which includes the palace of Alaafin of Oyo has several times, expressed satisfaction on his performance, alluding to his feats during the first term.
Akinlabi desires one thing as a lawmaker: the creation of New Oyo State, from the present Oyo State, to give the people a sense of belonging and to engender even development.
He said the request for the creation of the state dated back to 1979 when the defunct National Assembly in 1983, passed a motion for its creation.
He said the present Oyo State has the largest landmass in the South-west geo-political zone with more than 5,580,894 million people according to the 2006 population census and 33 local governments.
“It is a state that deserves to be split into two states of New Oyo and Ibadan. The area being proposed as New Oyo State consists of Oke Ogun, Oyo and Ogbomoso zones,” he said.
Akinlabi explained that the proposed new state would have 19 local governments and a population of 2.7 million, adding that the new state has rich cultural heritage, linguistic affinity and geographical continuity, adding that the capital of the proposed New Oyo State would be Oyo town because the old Oyo kingdom was the headquarters of Oyo Empire, which extended beyond the boundary of Nigeria.