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Many ignorant of legislators’ duties – Lagos lawmaker

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Akinwunmi King, Lagos

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Apapa Constituency 2, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, has said that many people do not understand the duties of legislators.

Jimoh, who spoke in an interview in his office on Wednesday, explained many people believe that money politics is the only way to promote democracy in Nigeria, adding, “’Stomach infrastructure’” is not good for our system.”

The lawmaker said that though the idea in the heads of people like him might not tally with the reality on ground, but pointed out that people should understand the basic functions of the people in public office.

According to him, many people do not understand that it is not the work of a lawmaker to tar roads. “If you see the comments on facebook and other social media, you would be surprised that those that are educated do not even understand what a lawmaker does, not to talk of the illiterates. I don’t even believe in sharing money, but “stomach infrastructure” is a reality we have to live with.

“Even after office, some of us might not easily find our level. My salary for four years could not sustain the campaigns I did for the last elections; I had to raise money from other sources. We cannot sustain monetised politics in anyway.

“People believe that when we get there we want to go and embezzle money. Until we realise that those who go to public office would determine our pattern of life, we will continue to have problems. Any decision we take would affect them whether they like it or not, but because of nonchalance, you want to remain akimbo,” he said.

Speaking further, Jimoh stated that ethnicity, which played out in the last election, was part of the problems of the Nigerian society, adding that there are factors to be considered in configuring things, and that people from two wards in his area were from the south eastern part of the country.

“Despite that I used the money from my imprest and salary to empower them and give international scholarships to both the indigenes and non-indigenes in my area, the Igbo didn’t see me as one of them during the election, but rather they supported someone they didn’t know before.”


“That was why Chief Obafemi Awolowo said that we must understand our problems. It is like a plant, it has roots, if you don’t tackle the roots, you would not get results,” said he.

Reacting to the violence that marred the elections in some parts of the country, Jimoh explained that violence could be minimised in our elections, but that it cannot be curbed.

“Political violence has always been part of the world’s political development right from the French Revolution of 1789 and that it is now our responsibility to know that it is one person that would win any election,” he added.