BEVERLY HILLS, August 13, (THEWILL) – The colleagues of the Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, at the Law School in Victoria Island, Lagos have promised to support him in his political journey as well as constantly set the records straight where necessary.
The lawyers made the promise when they paid the Speaker a solidarity visit on Tuesday at his Lagos Assembly office.
The lawyers lamented the damage fake and unverified news have done to Nigeria and the psyche of the people of the country.
They said the solidarity visit, apart from standing with him, was an opportunity to confirm that Obasa, who is the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, graduated from the Law School against claims by an online medium, Sahara Reporters.
They also presented copies of journals with the photograph of the Speaker and others in the set at the period in Law School.
The lawyers were led by Barrister Benjamin Waive, who had earlier denounced the story by Sahara Reporters that the Speaker did not attend law school.
The former school mates told the Speaker that they were appalled by the story.
They assured the Speaker that they are willing to go to any length to prove to the world that he was their colleague at the school.
One of the lawyers, Lawrence Kelechi Nweke, told Obasa he was willing to offer his service free-of-charge to defend him in any law court.
Another member of the team, Chief K. E. F. Ntong, gave the Speaker a photocopy of Nigerian Law School Year Book 2008-2009, which shows the names and pictures of members of that year set, including that of Obasa, which was on page 214.
Obasa thanked the lawyers for the visit and told them he was not perturbed by the fake story and others churned out about him.
According to him, those behind the fake stories are people he has stepped on their toes in the course of his oversight functions as a lawmaker and some politicians who are threatened by his rising profile.
Lawyers on the entourage also included Michael Orere, Sonney Olis Uzuh, Victor Ariavie, Eloebhose Anita, Augustine Okeh and Titilayo Oluwafemi.
Based on an enquiry by an unnamed Nigerian, the Supreme Court had said it does not have Obasa’s name on its list.
The highest court in the land said Obasa could present evidence to enable him get listed.