Kwara Assembly denies removing President Buhari's portrait

The attention of the Kwara State House of Assembly has been drawn to a publication in some news media suggesting that the picture of President Muhammadu Buhari is not displayed in the Assembly complex.

The publication is false, malicious and a fragment of the writers' imagination as each offices in the House of Assembly complex and the two entry points to the complex have the portraits of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad and the logo of Kwara State.

It would be recalled that the House in its motion only last Wednesday May 3rd in a unanimous resolution that was widely reported commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his intervention on the Ilorin-Jebba road following agitations by the entire Houses of Assembly of Kwara and Niger States.

It now beats imagination of focused Nigerians that the House that commended the president will 24 hours later remove his portraits from offices, corridors and other places in the complex.

A statement issued by the Director of Information, Kwara State House of Assembly, Sunday Adeleke on Friday said the House neither has anything against Mr President, nor the Executive Governor of Kwara State to warrant not hanging their portraits, as democracy involves harmonious working relationship among the three arms of Government.

The statement reads: "It is imperative to put it on record that the reporter did not take pains to conduct thorough investigation on the allegation as the report alleged; this is because all other offices in the Assembly complex have the portraits of the president and that of the governor hanged contrary to the report.

"The reporter at no time makes any effort to contact the House of Assembly or even go round the Assembly complex including all the offices.

*The House wishes to state categorically that it has enormous respect and recognition for President Muhammadu Buhari. As a House of law, it will not and never deliberately do anything to bring to disrepute the office of the president or the state governor".