Ahead of the yuletide celebrations, Surulere Federal lawmaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who recently returned to his constituency after the break by the National Assembly commenced a surprise visit to homes of some of his constituents over the weekend.
During the visits, Hon. Gbaja flanked by another lawmaker in the community, Hon. Desmond Elliot visited some residents who were completely oblivious of the visit by the politicians.
While sharing details of one of the visits via his official Twitter handle, Hon. Gbajabiamila said; “Imagine a situation where you are enjoying your Sunday rest and your Rep comes knocking at your door on a surprise visit.”
— Femi Gbajabiamila (@femigbaja) December 23, 2018
The visit took the lawmaker to the home of Pa. Ben Onwuegbuzi who resides on Yesufu Sanusi Street, Surulere. According to the lawmaker, Pa. Ben is said to be the first person to establish a computer business center in Surulere. The center was established in 1964 and still running till date.
Since the lawmaker shared snippets of the visits on Twitter, Mainlanders and other residents of the state has shared mixed reactions to the development. While a few other showered encomiums on the politician, come residents argued that the politician only chose to visit to seek favour from the residents.
In the spirit of the season, myself and @deselliot visited Pa. Ben Onwuegbuzi family of Yesufu Sanusi Street, Surulere.
Pa. Ben is said to be the first person to establish a computer business center in Surulere. The biz center was established in 1964 and still running till date. pic.twitter.com/UYY8xb7QNs
— Femi Gbajabiamila (@femigbaja) December 24, 2018
A Twitter user, El Gordo tweeted saying: “This is how it should be, bringing the govt closer to the people. See what they go through, how they live and finding out what can be done to change their narratives. Well done!”
On the other hand, another user, Awopegba Kenedy posted that; “This happens when election is around the corner. When are you gonna learn as people to do away with amala politics?”
God bless you for this gesture.
It means a lot to those family.
I live directly adjacent mushin APC secretariate , they never did such visit to my helpless mother. The only people who cares about my family was Baba Esan who own the compound where APC secretariate is sitiated
— Nimota Adenike (@motniks) December 24, 2018
Corroborating Kenedy, another user, C-Kiru Strategy said; “It’s election time nah. But I kinda find this intrusive and unfair though. No prior notice. No consent.”
It’s election time nah. But I kinda find this intrusive and unfair tho. No prior notice. No consent.
— C-kiru.Strategy® (@c_kiruStrategy) December 24, 2018
Another user, Uncolonised tweeted that; “I see this as intruding people’s privacy sir. I doubt if you will welcome me to your house without a notice.”
This is how it should be, bringing the govt closer to the people. See what they go through, how they live and finding out what can be done to change their narratives. Well done!
— El Gordo (@ElGordo91015021) December 24, 2018