- The leadership of the House of Representatives has made a disclaimer about a statement allegedly made by the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila
- The deputy speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, on Tuesday, June 9, said that there was never a time he said that going to prison was a honourable for Nigerian politicians
- There was a trending report that Gbajabiamila had said that prison experience was a badge of honour to top public servants in the country
The leadership of the House of Representatives has dismissed a claim that the speaker, Femi 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."
Puma in his statement explained that the Gbajabiamila was only represented by Wase in a visit to the residence of the Senate chip whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, who was recently released from prison.
Wase's CPS stated that during the said visit, the deputy speaker encouraged Kalu to regard his brief time in jail as what was destined to make him stronger as an honourable senator.
Puma pointed out that Wase recounted his experience with Late Chief Solomon Lar, a former governor of Plateau, whom he said once told them after coming out of prison that as politicians they should expect things like this.
Decrying the report, Puma said: "It is most unfortunate, and strange to have ascribed this to the person of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila who was represented by the deputy speaker, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase.
"We advise readers to disregard this piece of news, which was deliberately slanted and twisted to suit the reporters' vague intention."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Gbajabiamila allegedly described prison experience as a wonderful sojourn which can be likened to a "badge of honour" for the politicians.
The lawmaker reportedly said this known during a courtesy visit to 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 judgment that sentenced the lawmaker to prison over alleged misappropriation of public fund.
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