by Stanley Azuakola
It’s all about the perspective, people. While many assumed that the trials of Hon. Farouk Lawan over the $620, 000 bribe he confessed to taking is a judgement from God, the man himself begs to differ. To him, God isn’t judging him; instead, God is trying him.
He said that much, when he stopped by the National Assembly on Thursday. Lawan didn’t stay in the assembly complex for long though, he was only there for 30 minutes. That was enough time for him to assume the mantle of Job—the honest man who was being tried by his maker.
He told National Assembly correspondents that: “I have not spoken on the issue for strategic reasons, but I believe that in the end, Nigerians will come to believe and to see that for the 13 years that I have invested in championing good governance, accountability and probity in this country, that this last trial is a trial from God and I believe that in the end, I shall prevail”.
Journalists tried to extract information from him on the whereabouts of the money but no matter how they tried to couch the question, his response was the same: No comments. After his brief encounter with the press men, he left the assembly to an unknown destination.
He pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience in this his “last trial,” assuring all that the truth would soon come out to the open and he will be vindicated.
“First of all, I think it is important to note that I have been a member of the House of Representatives in the last 13 years, of course with some of my colleagues (past and present) we have done so much to build the House as an institution that should enjoy the respect and confidence of Nigerians and whatever the decision taken by the House of Representatives, I believe it is meant to ensure the credibility of the institution.
“We must at all times recognise that the institution is bigger than each and every one of us. It is an institution that belongs to this country; it is an institution which Nigerians rely for good legislation, for oversight responsibilities, for representation and it is an institution that must continue to give hope and confidence to the Nigerian people,” he said.
Consequently, the embattled legislator said he has absolutely no problem with the decision of the house to suspend him because “the institution in itself is bigger than each and every one of us.”
He, however, maintained that “as far as the issue relating to me is concerned, I believe ultimately I will be vindicated. I just urge Nigerians to continue to be patient”.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the House, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, stated that “both the giver and the taker of the bribe are culpable”.
“We know everybody’s antecedent, we know emergency millionaires. We know how everybody rises but it is an issue for another day. Otedola is equally guilty. The two of them are guilty. We know the procedure for the sting operations.”