Ambushed by reporters during an unannounced trip to the National Assembly, Mr. Farouk Lawan was quoted as saying:
"First of all, I think it is important to note that I have been a member of the House of Representatives in the last 13 years, of course with several of some of my colleagues (past and present) we have done so much to build the House as an institution that should enjoy the respect and confidence of Nigerians and whatever the decision taken by the House of Representatives, I believe it is meant to ensure the credibility of the institution. Because as members, we must at all times recognise that the institution is bigger than each and every one of us. It is an institution that belong to this country, it is an institution which Nigerians rely for good legislation, for oversight responsibilities, for representation and it is an institution that must continue to give hope and confidence to the Nigerian people.
Whenever any issue calls to question any particular member, it is important to recognise that the institution in itself is bigger than each and every on of us. And so the decision of the House of Representatives is a collective decision of an institution and I have absolutely no problem with that decision.
As far as the issue relating to me is concerned, I believe ultimately I will be vindicated, I just urge Nigerians to continue to be patient. I have not spoken on the issue for strategic reasons, but I believe that in the end, Nigerians will come to believe and to see that for the thirteen years that I have invested in championing good governance, accountability and probity in this country, that this last trial is a trial from God and I believe that in the end, I shall prevail."