by Deji Abiodun
Senator-elect, Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Buruji Kashamu, on Sunday apologised to neighbours who were affected by the siege by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The apology came three days after the NDLEA withdrew from his Lekki residence, after keeping him hostage for six days.
In a statement released by his media aide, Mr. Austin Oniyokor, Kashamu also commended the media, the judiciary as well as his numerous supporters who thronged his residence to protest his incarceration.
The statement read, “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 and students.
“Also 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 apologise 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 manoeuvring 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 traumatised and unjustly victimised but your fervent prayers, solidarity and support kept me. I thank you for standing by me.
“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!”