- House of Representatives leaders have paid a courtesy visit to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu
- Led by the deputy speaker Ahmed Idris, the federal lawmakers congratulated the former Abia governor upon his release from Kuje prison
- The House of Reps leaders described prison experience as a badge of honour for politicians
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has described prison experience as a wonderful sojourn which can be likened to a "badge of honour" for the politicians.
The lawmaker made this known during a courtesy visit to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu upon his release from the Kuje prison Abuja.
Kalu, a former Abia state governor, was recently freed off the hook of law after Supreme Court picked a hole in a judgement that sentenced the lawmaker to prison over alleged misappropriation of public fund.
Represented by his deputy Ahmed Idris who led other principal officers to the house of the senator, Gbajabiamila said the leadership of the lower chamber is in sympathy with Kalu who he described as a man of destiny.
He urged Kalu to take his experience as a life’s lesson and put everything before God, adding that we are just players in the game of fate, The Nation reports.
“My Leader, the late Chief Solomon Lar, told me not to fear, as a politician, to go to prison. He told me that going to prison is a badge of honour.
“If you are a good politician, you should be willing to taste prison experience because it will come to you in very many dimensions" the speaker said.
He further added that politicians are liable to face prison during the persecution and humiliation stage of politics.
However, the leadership of the House of Representatives has dismissed a claim that Gbajabiamila said that going to prison was a badge of honour to politicians.
In a press statement made available to Legit.ng, Umar Muhammad Puma, the chief press secretary to the deputy speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, described the report as untrue and a "deliberate misrepresentation of facts."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the president of the Senate Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, June 4, led other senators to visit their colleague, Orji Uzor Kalu, at his residence.
The senior lawmakers visited Kalu, the chief whip of the Senate, following his release from prison on Wednesday, June 3.
Senator Kalu and the other visiting lawmakers all wore face masks but did not observe social distancing.
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