by Lanre Adesanya
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Kosofe Constituency II, Hon.Tunde Braimoh, has described the statement by President Muhammmadu Buhari’s aide, on a rodent infestation in the presidential office as unnecessary, pedestrian and an embarrassment.
Braimoh, the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy, Publicity and and Security told newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos said that such comment degraded the office of the President.
The lawmaker spoke against the report, which have since gone viral, by Garba Shehu, who had said that president Muhammadu Buhari will work from home, because the presidential office has been damaged by rodents, while he was on his mediacal vacation in London.
Braimoh appealed to the President’s media handlers to treat the exalted and singular most important office in Nigeria with the reverence and veneration it deserves.
“The President working from the office in his residence is not exactly a new or unfamiliar phenomenon neither does it portend any grave or strange omen.
“In any case , the office in the residence was not built for the fun of it and if the President uses it , it is a justification of its function and provision.
“It becomes superfluous, superficial and verbose of the media office to talk so tersely and scantily of the country’s highest office as to say it was infested by rodents.
“It is a national embarrassment which smirks of systemic failure and abject degradation.
“Methinks it would have simply sufficed if the handlers had said the office needed to be renovated , cleaned up and made more compliant to the personal health and hygiene requirements of Mr President.
“Such condescending statements as the President ‘s office being infested by rodents is at the best unnecessary and at the worst pedestrian,” he said.
According to him, without doubt, the office is the pivot around which the wheel of the country rotates and it is the mirror against which we are reflected.
Buhari, who left Nigeria on May 7 for the second round of his medical treatment in London returned on Saturday.
Buhari, who addressed the nation on Monday, had transmitted to the National Assembly a letter intimating both Houses of his resumption to duty.