- Buhari congratulates Lawan, Gbajabiamila over their emergence as leaders of the National Assembly.
- Says it is a plus for Nigeria’s democracy.
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as Senate President and Speaker House of Reps respectively as the 9th National Assembly commences.
The president who heartily congratulated the newly elected presiding officers of the hallowed chambers in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in Abuja also saluted all the national legislators and their political parties for their display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during the election.
While commending the transparent and fair nature of the voting process, Buhari said it as a plus for the democracy in the country.
President Buhari described the emergence of the new leaders of the legislative branch of government as “a new dawn, different from duplicity and perfidy of the immediate past.”
The President, therefore, charge the new presiding officers to use their exalted positions for the higher interest of the country, her people, and for the growth of democracy.
“The Executive does not desire a rubber stamp Legislature. While separation of powers is essential, collaboration among all Arms of Government should be the name of the game. The opposition need not be virulent,” he said.
Speaking on his ‘Next Level’ project, president Buhari noted that the legislature has a big role to play for the goals of the administration to be achieved, adding that it is for the ultimate good of the nation.
Speaking of the those who lost the election, the President urged them to be gallant in defeat, and join hands with the victors who should exhibit magnanimity and eschew vindictiveness and pointed that the people, who elected their representatives at the national level, are the winners at the end of the day.