Five years ago, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa became the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly after the exit of Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was speaker for 10 years, and in five years with his leadership qualities, he has piloted the house to become one of the most robust in the country with creative ways of lawmaking and transparency.
While many assemblies across the country are aprons of the executive, Hon. Obasa has in the last five years stood with the people and a good example was when the house stood its ground when former governor of Lagos State, Gov Akinwunmi Ambode, stopped following due process.
Since the beginning of Hon. Obasa of his second term as speaker, pressure and calculations for 2023 has pushed many to try to soil his image from sponsored stories of official documents to outright falsehood and manipulation of even his good intentions to his people at the beginning of this coronavirus crisis. But the speaker has remained calm while his detractors are kept uneasy, trying all sorts moves to soil his good name.
One thing going for him is the vote of confidence reposed in him by the majority of the house members. The members align with him and buy his visions.
Hon. Obasa was born in Agege, a town in Lagos State southwestern Nigeria.
He had his primary education at St Thomas Acquinas Pry School, Surulere, Lagos before he proceeded to Archbishop Aggey Memorial Secondary school, Mushin, Ilasamaja, Lagos where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Lagos State University, Lagos in the year 2006.
To him, having oppositions while in government is part of the building process needed to successfully navigate a democracy.
“Oppositions are needed in a vibrant democracy like ours. But I will rather focus on the serving the people than fighting every opposition,” Obasa stated.