Since the beginning of our current democratic experience arising from the historic moments that gave birth to the official handing over of the reins of government by the last military junta to a democratically elected government led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 there has been few politicians who have managed to stand out in several aspects in the political domain.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu undoubtedly leads the pack while paving the way for the emergence of the next generation of exciting and progressive leaders in Lagos State and beyond. One of the most strategic and charismatic leaders following in the footsteps of Asiwaju is Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa (Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly).

A consummate politician, lawyer, positive change agent and champion of the masses Rt. Hon. Obasa has since gained massive support and street credibility within his Agege constituency and beyond. Emerging from the limitations of a humble beginning to occupy the Number 3 position in Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre (Lagos State) is no easy feat and to say he has performed admirably well piloting the affairs of the state legislature would be stating the obvious.

His popularity and mainstream acceptance stems from the fact that despite his enviable and powerful position he still manages to come across as a regular neighbourhood person with his humility, quick wit and support for the downtrodden in society. In every street and neighbourhood in Agege, people talk about him with obvious awe and open admiration. To many, he is proof that great people can come from Agege. He is generally acknowledged as being one of the best things to have happened to Agege in recent times. His dynamism, optimism and “Can-Do” approach to challenges has helped him to overcome many hurdles and achieve many milestones in whatever capacity he has found himself.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa’s charm and sincere manner usually comes as a pleasant surprise to many meeting him for the first time. His deep knowledge and experience puts him on an equal footing with many of his peers some of who may have been involved in politics longer than him. As a good listener and results-oriented personality his interests usually lies in how best to serve his Constituents better and also create a lasting political legacy that his teeming supporters and followers can identify with for years to come.

Greatness is indeed a factor attained by a select few and Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has rightfully earned the right to be counted amongst one of the champions of our current democratic dispensation. If only we had more like him within the political arena then Nigeria would indeed have achieved her potential greatness!


Hon. Babajide Lawal-Aromasodu

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