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What We Will Miss About Late Speaker Afuye – Obasa



The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the death of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oluwafunminiyi Afuye, as a huge loss to the body of Speakers in Nigeria.

Dr. Obasa added that the news of Speaker Afuye’s death was more devastating knowing that he was reportedly active and showed no signs of illness days before his demise at age 66.

The Lagos Speaker, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, called Afuye, a “fine gentleman whose experiences have contributed to the advancement of Nigeria’s democracy.

“The news of his death is more devastating because his State, Ekiti, just began a new dispensation, a change of baton requiring his experience as the head of the legislative arm of government.

“As a lawyer and former Commissioner for Information, Speaker Afuye understood his calling and served with dignity and respect. No doubt, he was loved by his people just as he was loved by his colleagues.

“I have lost a dear friend, one who served humanity with passion. He will be sorely missed.”

Obasa commiserated with the family of the late Speaker, the Ekiti State Government, and the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures urging them to take solace in the fact that Afuye made positive contributions to the growth and development of his State.

“On behalf of the Lagos State House of Assembly, I mourn the demise of this political leader. It is a hard one but we have to remain strong for ourselves at this period.

“I condole the immediate family, the government and people of Ekiti State and the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures and I pray that Almighty Allah give us the strength to bear this loss, amin,” Obasa prayed.


Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.




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Breaking: Lagos Assembly Summons Commissioner For Failure To Honour Previous Invitations



Breaking: Lagos Assembly Summons Commissioner For Failure To Honour Previous Invitations

The Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure, Arch. Kabiru Abdullahi, was on Tuesday saved by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, from being sanctioned by lawmakers during plenary.


The lawmakers had complained that Arch. Abdullahi disrespected the House of Assembly by refusing to honour an invitation of a committee of the House which has oversight functions over the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development.


They also prayed that the Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure of the House be mandated to carry out a holistic investigation of the Ministry since Abdullahi’s appointment while the House places the confirmation of commissioner’s appointment on hold.


However, Obasa appealed to the committee and members of the House to reconsider their prayer just as he urged them to give the commissioner another opportunity to appear before the House.


In this regard, the Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko, to write to the commissioner to appear with all necessary documents on Thursday, September 15, 2022.


“I have listened to your submissions and I want to appeal to the chairman and the committee and members to sheathe their swords while we give the commissioner another opportunity to appear before you on Thursday unfailingly. He should also appear with all necessary documents,” the Speaker appealed.


Moving the motion earlier, Hon. Muyiwa Jimoh complained that the commissioner had incessantly refused to honour invitations of the committee.


“It would be noted that it is this House that approved his appointment,” Jimoh said adding that the commissioner had refused to submit the mid-year budget report for review and appraisal.


“Currently, the Ministry has been invited but as I am talking, the commissioner has refused to honour the invitation.


“The House Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure be made to carry out a comprehensive investigation. The House should also place on hold the confirmation of his appointment pending when the investigation is concluded,” he moved.


Supporting him, another lawmaker, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, noted that the legislature is the most important arm of government in a democracy and, as such, must be respected.


In their contributions, Hon. Abiodun Tobun and Gbolahan Yishawu urged the House to allow a full-scale investigation into the commissioner’s activities in office for treating the House with levity. Their positions were supported by Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu, Sa’ad Olumo and Victor Akande.


Another lawmaker, Hon. Adewale Temitope, noted that the primary responsibility of the House, beyond representation, is oversight. He suggested that the commissioner be made to appear to defend why he would not honour previous invitations.


In a related development, the lawmakers read the Lagos State Electric Bill and the Office of the Public Defenders Amendment Bill for the first time. They also took the presentation of a report of the Victim Assistance and Witness Protection Bill.


Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.




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Security: Buhari Has Invested Much In Security ,Welfare Of IDPs Says Bagudu



Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu says President Muhammadu Buhari has made tremendous investments in security from 2015 to date.


The governor also noted that a lot of tangible progress has been recorded during the period under review particularly on the welfare of Internally displaced persons across the country.


The Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum spoke on Saturday,at Ribah, Danko Wasagu Local Government during the Flagg off of distribution of assorted relief materials to IDPs by National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons this Saturday.


Bagudu also stated the federal government was recruiting more security personnel, while modern equipment, arms and ammunition were also provided to the security agencies.


According to Bagudu, the gesture by the federal government was very commendable.


The Kebbi state Governor further said that security challenges were not only peculiar to Nigeria or the state.


He lauded the resilience and patience of the people of the state, as well as urged them to continue to be their brothers’ keepers.


Bagudu vowed that the people of the state would not be cowed down by a few unscrupulous elements who were bent on tormenting the law abiding citizens of the country.


He again urged communities to complement the efforts of the three tiers of government and the security agencies.


According to him, Kebbi State was not doing badly in terms of the prevailing security challenges. Peace he said, was gradually returning to areas affected by banditry in Zuru Emirate.


He acknowledged the courage of farmers in the state, saying that bumper harvests were being recorded in the state.


‘ Our farmers are resilient and continue their cultivation, the situation did not deter them ‘, he emphasized.


The Federal Commissioner, Hajiya Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim in her remarks at the occasion said that the relief materials were provided to the IDPs to alleviate their suffering.


She lauded Bagudu for according top priority to the welfare of the people of the state.


She stated that a medical outreach would be conducted in the camp to check the health status of the IDPs.


Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of Danko Wasagu Local Government, Hon. Hussaini Bena expressed profound appreciation to the Federal Commissioner for coming to distribute relief assistance to IDPs in the area.


He said such assistance would go along way in reducing the hardship being faced by the IDPs in the camp.


The Director of IDPs , National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Alhaji Musa Muhammad said bringing succour to refugees or those Internally displaced from their communities was the major mandate of the Commission.


The Commission, according to him have mapped out strategies to assist the IDPS so as to reduce their hardship as well as rehabilitate them.


The Chiefdom of Wasagu, Alhaji Musa Muktar while welcoming the Federal Commissioner and her entourage however requested the government to mobilize more security personnel to the area in order to provide adequate security for the IDPs to return back to their homes.


He averred ‘ Our people are hardworking and resilient, what they need is not relief assistance but security to be able to go back home and cultivate their farms.


‘ Give them security and they feed the entire state and beyond because they are real farmers.


‘ Most of the refugees you see here are from the neighboring states who are displaced by the activities of the bandits in their states’.


The traditional leader appreciated the myriad of intervention and assistance from the State governor to people of the area since the security crises started which according to him has now reduced.


The State House of Assembly member representing Danko Wasagu West, Hon Haliru Aliyu, the Sole Administrator of Maga/Kyebu Area Development Council, Hajiya Hafsat Muhammad all expressed gratitude to the Federal Commissioner for the relief assistance to the IDPS in the area.


They extolled governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for doing his best to curtail insecurity in the area and providing soccour to refugees.


‘ The governor made over ten trips to Bena and Danko Wasagu because of his concern for our people’.


They requested for deployment of more security personnel in the area for people to go back to their homes.


In the same vein , those who spoke on behalf of the IDPs Shehu S/Fawa and Nasara Maigero , Women Leader Dankane also made a passionate appeal to government to assist them relocate back to their homes and start petty business.


The Governor and the Federal Commissioner, before departing, paid homage to the Emir of Zuru, rtd Major General Muhammed Sani Sami, Gomo 11 where the Commissioner expressed delight with the visit and show of concern from the political and traditional leaders of the area.


She informed the Emir about her mission to the state while also commending the Governor for his unwaivering commitment to alleviate the plight of the IDPs in the state.


Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu while thanking the Commissioner for the visit also thanked the Emir , religious and community leaders as well as the security for their support in dealing with security challenges in the area.


The Progressive Governor’s Forum Chairman expressed concern over the poor condition of roads in the area. He announced that the state Government would repair the Zuru/ Ribah road as soon as the raining season ends.


Responding, the Emir of Zuru, rtd Major General Muhammed Sani Sami, Gomo 11 expressed gratitude for the visit.


The monarch commended the Commissioner for coming all the way from Abuja to bring succour to IDPs . He also appreciated the effort of the governor towards the general development of the state particularly in dealing with insecurity.


According to him, the efforts of the President, the Governor and the security agencies have positively resulted in the gradual return of peace to the area.


The Governor was accompanied by the former Governor of Jigawa State, Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, Acting Head of Service, Safiyanu Garba Bena, the Deputy Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Usman Ankwai ,members of the house of assembly from the area, Chairmen of Zuru and Danko Wasagu and their Councillors.




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Muslim/Muslim ticket: Focus Should Be On Need For Good Governance – Obasa, Others



With the 2023 general election drawing close, the focus should be more on the need for better governance, not religious sentiments that include Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian tickets, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has tasked Nigerians.

Obasa gave the charge on Wednesday at the 14th Annual Hijrah Lecture organised by Lagos State House of Assembly.

His position was supported by guest speakers at the event including popular Islamic cleric and Chief Imam of Offa, Kwara State, Sheik Muyideen Salman Husayn; Hon. Justice Abdurraheem Ahmad Sayi, a Kadi of Sharia Court of Appeal, Kwara State; and Sheikh Ishaq Mustapha Zuglool Sunuusi, head of academics, Daru Dawah Wal Irshad Arabic Centre, Isolo.

According the Speaker, even though it has been argued that religion and politics are intertwined, it has been noted that religion has never been a determinant in the development of many countries that are currently doing great.

“All over the world where democracy is being practised, it has been established that good governance is not really determined by their religions. In countries like India, Singapore, China and most of the democratic states in Asia and some other parts of the world where neither Islam nor Christianity is being practised, it is gratifying to note that good governance is seen all around them.

“Even here in Africa before the advent of both Islam and Christianity, we had good and steady democratic setting with our traditional beliefs. It is now worrisome, however, that we allow religion to dictate to us how democracy should be practised,” Obasa said.

He argued that the spiritual core of democratic governance is the obligation to serve the people with godly principles and noble objectives.

“People should understand that whoever will be fair, just and is visionary, who can look back and identify good people to form a team with, in order to achieve success is someone who should be of concern to us in a democratic state to  lead, not religion.

“There is no doubt that Nigeria is at a most precarious phase in its existence as a nation. These are indeed trying times for Nigeria and Nigerians. We should focus more on how the failure of politics and faith has compromised the unravelling of the Nigerian project.

“Therefore, at this time when Nigeria stands at its most critical juncture in history regarding next year general elections, there is a crucial call for religious bodies to deploy their collective spiritual energies in not only undermining the negative forces of nepotism and dysfunctionality, but in positively enhancing the development of Nigeria.

“Whether the political party contesting is running on Muslim-Muslim ticket or Christian-Christian ticket and otherwise, our focus should be the good intentions of the contestants. Let us not allow any politician to bamboozle us with religion as a determining factor for who we will choose as our leaders.

“In fact, as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria being a secular state, there is no provision for the elevation of a particular form of religion over another, let alone which one should be in charge of the government. Instead, what we have is freedom of religion,” he added.

On his part, Justice Sayi said Islam all humanity is one.

“The primary roles and responsibilities of religious leaders is to teach, guide, educate and emancipate the minds of premodial sentiments like tribalism, nepotism and the rest that affect the minds.

“Message of unity and humanity should take the lead of what should come out of religious houses, whether churches or mosques. Religious leaders should know that God has created us equally and they should also know that nobody has been created superior. The first most important responsibility of pastors and Imams is to lead the people to virtue,” he said.

In his own lecture, Sheikh Sunuusi, noted that Islam urges co-habitation and co-operation with others for the benefit of the society.

“Islam says we should not cheat any other person,” he said as he punctured the arguments of those against Muslim/Muslim ticket with how situations had sprung up Christian-Christian governments in the past.

Explaining the idea behind the topic, the chairman of 14th Hijrah lecture, Hon. Adams Noheem Babatunde, said it had become imperative for religious leaders to tread softly and preach unity.

“This is not the time for teachings that would polarise us. We expect people of influence to always emphasise peace and unity at all times,” he said.

Eromosele Ebhomele

Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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