Gbajabiamila, who is also the Majority Leader Of the House Was conferred with the title over the weekend, when he hosted the entire Igbo Community in Surulere Constituency 1.
New Year Luncheon: Gbajabiamila Conferred With Igbo Chieftaincy Titles Of Surulere, assures more representation
The Member Representing Surulere Constituency 1 in the 8th House Of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has been conferred with the traditional titles of Nwanne Di Na Mba Ndigbos and Okechukwu Of Surulere, by Ndigbos Of Surulere Constituency 1.
Speaking before the confirmation, the Lawmaker expressed satisfaction for the support of Igbo Community during the last election , disclosing that Igbo Community in his constituency really stood behind him.
Recounting his numerous support from Igbo Community, he made known that since his first (1st)) tenure to fourth (4th ) tenure in government, they had been effectively supportive even when he had Igbo man as his opposition.
While calling on them to be focus on their dealings, he however urged them to be steadfast so as to differentiate faction from group, as faction portrays interest rather than goal.
According to the leader, “There must always be diverse groups in politics, but strive to differentiate a group from faction because these two things work hand in hand. Let your focus be one.”
He admonished them to continue remaining under one umbrella with love for one another and unity which Christ had already toed the path of love.
He described Nigeria as heterogeneous society with different ethnic groups which all the groups according to him must be carried along, even as he disclosed that God had positioned all the groups with different strength .
“If the strength of each group is not properly harnessed together, the true potentials which God has given will not be realized”. he observed.
Speaking further, the Surulere boss said he hosted Igbo Community due to their support on him during the last election in order to expressed his heart felt.
He expressed the powerful nature of Igbos, noting that they are not only limited to economic but politically powerful in nature.
I don’t care about what anybody will say about the last election but what I know is that Igbo Community really drummed support for me, more than any other group”
Gbajabiamila, who called on Nigerians to speak in one voice as they are one body, irrespective of the tribe, therefore pledges to carry Igbo people along by placing them in various positions in his government, adding that “there would be no room for discrimination”
The Member representing Surulere Constituency 1 in Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Desmond Eliot said they would never relent in trying their best to ensure that their challenges are addressed whenever there are lapses, he also commended them for their support.
Responding to the appreciation of the lawmakers, Igbo groups and individuals,such as Igbo Speaking Community,Igbo United Coalition, Ndigbo in APC Surulere L.G.A, Barr. Obulesi Phillips who is the Chairperson Southern Eastern Peoples Development Forum among others,in one word agitated for representation from the leadership of the lawmaker over their support during the last election. They drew his attention to the Ndigbos in the grassroots who supported him at all course, “stating that he should ensure that they are not left out in his government.
According to them, ” We have many groups among Igbo Community in Surulere Constituency 1, They should all be positioned for future purposes. one vote is so powerful during election. We are appealing that our six (6) recognized groups must be fully represented for Lagos to have a complete Igbo groups”.
They emphasized on the people of the grassroots to be effectively appreciated as they are the ones who are easily reached out to during election, rather than the elites.
On their challenges in Surulere Community, they listed High Courts and Surulere Chamber Of Commerce to be established so as to partner with the government in piloting the affairs of the government and to also address the issues faced by the community effectively.
They therefore re assured him more supports in future elections.