Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Segun Olulade, has warned some “misguided elements” to desist from using the media to tarnish the image of Speaker of the Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji.
Olulade also warned those bent on dragging the hard-earned reputation of the Speaker in the mud through the use of bad reports in the prints and on the social media, to look for something else to do.
While reacting to the fraud allegation against the Speaker’s aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, the lawmaker noted that it was disheartening that some people could be using the media to link Ikuforiji to the allegation levelled against his aide.
He pointed out that the move was an attempt to distract the Speaker from the good works he is doing in the Assembly, state and the country at large.
According to him, “we are disturbed by the attempt by some people to drag the name of the Speaker in this unnecessary frivolities.
“Even though, we are not particularly disturbed because we know what they are up to. We come against this senseless allegation against the head of this noble legislature. We see it as an attempt to distract the Speaker from the good work he is doing in the House, state and the country at large.
“Therefore, this needless and senseless allegation must stop henceforth. Do we need to remind the public that this House was the first to pass the 2012 budget last year; this feat was again repeated when we passed the 2013 budget before the New Year.
“We think Lagosians should show appreciation for what this House led by the Speaker is doing. Needless to say that the Speaker has demonstrated pragmatic leadership in presiding over the state legislature and working symbiotically with the governor, Babatunde Fashola in taking the state to the next level,” Olulade said.
He insisted that the Speaker does not have any connection to this case and should not in any way be dragged into an issue which he knows nothing about, stressing that the entire House has continued to repose their confidence in the leadership and integrity of the Speaker.
He also warned the Speaker’s detractors to stop distracting his attention from the core business of legislative stewardship that he has been rendering to the people of Lagos State which has indeed helped tremendously in transforming Lagos to a model megacity status in Africa.
He, however, advised them to summon courage and engage Ikuforiji in more important issue-driven and policy-inclined issues rather than hiding behind one finger to defame his reputable image and character which he had worked hard to build both in the private sector as an accomplished banker and also in the political arena as a quintessential lawmaker.