Press statement from embattled senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu. Read below...
On behalf of myself, family, associates and well-wishers, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the almighty Allah, the media, the judiciary, civil society organisations, students, professional groups and other public-spirited Nigerians home and abroad, who stood by me during the six-day siege laid to my Lagos residence by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
I apologize to my neighbours in Lekki Phase 1, especially the management, members of staff and pupils of The Lagoon School, for all the pains and inconveniences you were subjected to. I know that you could not open the school throughout last week because of the barricade mounted by the fully armed and stern-looking NDLEA operatives. As an entrepreneur and a parent, I know the quantum of the loss you and your children have suffered as a result of the siege.
For the six days, I was denied access to my doctors despite having challenges with my blood and sugar levels. They rose astronomically, yet they would not budge.
So quite naturally, after those who illegally invaded my house left on Thursday night, I was rushed to a private hospital where I am presently receiving treatment.
Although, I plan to address the media, Nigerians and the whole world on my present travails and the intricate web of politics and manoeuvrings that led to it soon, I cannot wait to say thank you to all those who stood my me through the six dark days and nights.
I have been traumatized and unjustly victimized but your fervent prayers, solidarity and support kept me. I thank you for standing by me. May the almighty Allah Subhana wa tala, who has been my refuge and stay, stand by you all.
On this note, I wish to particularly thank www.lindaikeji.blogspot.com, Channels Television, African Independent Television (AIT), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Silverbird Television, Core TV, Wazobia FM, Inspiration FM, Classic FM, Rhythm FM, Cool FM, ThisDay, Vanguard, Daily Sun, The Punch, The Nation, Leadership, The Guardian, Tribune, Daily Independent, Daily Times, Sahara Reporters, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and other traditional and social media organisations – too numerous to mention – for proving yet to be the voice of the voiceless.
I am really grateful to the media and the judiciary and would forever live to cherish these institutions and their personnel. Words would fail me in showing my appreciation to you, but know that I owe you a debt of gratitude that I may never be able to repay.
Once again, thank you all!
Prince Buruji Kashamu
Senator-elect, Ogun East Senatorial District