Gbajabiamila’s extravagant leap to legislative void

By Idowu Akinlotan

During his end of year empowerment programme for his constituents in Surulere, Lagos, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila appeared to speak tongue in cheek when he gave impetus to the popular impression that the 9th National Assembly had become a rubber stamp for the executive. Reports of the empowerment programme were not detailed enough to determine whether anyone had asked him what he thought of the allegation of ineffectiveness levelled against the 9th NASS, or whether he simply thought aloud, imagining that the allegation was widespread and worrisome enough to attract his view. So he probably spoke tongue in cheek; but to many critics it was either a gaffe or a Freudian slip.

“People, critics and members of other parties have said the 9th Assembly is a rubber stamp of the executive,” groaned Hon Gbajabiamila. “They may have told you that, too. You know what? It is better to be a rubber stamp and bring progress, than fight the executive without progress. When…

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