Nigerian lawmaker Femi Gbajabiamila, came under serious backlash on social media after he gifted his wife a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon on her 50th birthday.
While reacting in a statement on Thursday, Gbajabiamila said the gift was not one of flamboyance but an expression of appreciation of deep love for his wife.
I took the decision far back to present her with a significant gift, she was totally unaware of, to convey in part, the debt of my gratitude for her standing by me through thick and thin,” he said.
“I could never be half the man I am today without her support and unbelievable understanding.
“Truly, the monetary value of any gift, real or imagined, pales in significance when I consider how much of a rock and pillar she has been to me.
“As a public officer, one must be held to a higher standard.
“But I would rather want it to be seen as what it is; an expression of appreciation of deep love for my wife of almost thirty years, rather than one of flamboyance.”