A national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has warned against any move by the military incursion into the democratic process, saying “Lagos will reject it.”
Tinubu, who was a former Lagos State governor gave the warning while delivering his keynote address at the Special Parliamentary Session to celebrate Lagos @ 50 and 2nd Anniversary of the 8th Assembly at the State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja.
In attendance at the ceremony were the state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Senator Solomon Olamilekan, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, former Speakers of the Lagos Assembly, Jokotola Pelumi and Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the APC chairman in the State, Chief Henry Ajomole, among others.
The Chief of Army Staff, LT Gen. Tukur Buratai had recently asked soldiers and officers who might be interested in joining politics, to apply for voluntary discharge and leave the Army.
The warning, according to him, was coming against the backdrop of reports of officers and soldiers who were being approached by some individuals for what he described as “undisclosed political reasons.”
In a statement by the Army spokesperson, Brigadier General, Sani Usman, the Army Chief warned officers and soldiers against involvement in politics or any activities that could constitute a breach of the constitution.
While emphasizing on the hard-earned democracy in the country, Tinubu stated that many people had died in the course of fighting for enthronement of democracy, adding that it would be totally unacceptable to entice the soldiers into politics.
The APC leader explained that he had put Lagos State on sound footing when he was the State Governor, saying subsequent governments have been able to leverage on the foundation laid during his tenure.
“It is a living democracy on the will of the people. There will always be people that will want to undermine democracy. Just a few weeks ago, we had a warning about military, I say, don’t try it. Those people would find no fertile ground in Lagos. Whatever they want to sell is a bad product; we are going to reject it. Lagos will resist it, don’t think it,” Tinubu warned.
In his speech, Governor Ambode commended the 8th Assembly for being supportive for the achievements recorded in the last two years of his administration.
“In spite of this chequered history, the 1st to 8th Assemblies of the Lagos State House of Assembly have been the benchmark for assessing legislative business in governance of the Nigerian State. The 8th Assembly, in particular has been highly responsive and innovative in fulfilling its constitutional obligations and meeting the aspirations of our people for the dividends of democracy
“The superlative performance of the 8th Assembly, including previous Assemblies, can be attributed to the quality of leadership that has been produced through a matured and democratic process with the purpose of providing a democratic process that would benefit our people”, Ambode said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Speaker of the House, who presided over the plenary, Mudashiru Obasa, said Lagos set the pace for development in the country, adding that the collaboration between the executive and the legislature in the State has helped in shaping the developmental drive, saying “a legislator is the closet politician to the voters in his or her constituency.”
The Speaker acknowledged the success story of Lagos to exemplary leadership of Tinubu and others who have been contributing their quota to its development.
One of the guest lecturers at the Session, Director, Kenya School of Law, Kenya, Prof. Patrick Lumumba said Nigeria could rise to her hitherto glory if the leaders in the country were ready to sacrifice.
According to him, “I’m submitting to you, ask yourselves, beyond the titles of honourable, excellencies, how are you serving the people of Lagos? You are never successful until you go down to the grave with success!”
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