- Buhari admits that relationship with 8th Assembly wasn’t cordial.
- Says a great burden and a great responsibility placed on them by their constituents.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the relationship between the legislature and the executive was not cordial, saying the county deserved better than what it got in terms of working relationship between the two arms.
Buhari stated this on Tuesday night at a dinner meeting he hosted with the leadership of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari, therefore, hopes for a better working relationship between the two arms of government with the 9th National Assembly soon to come.
“Relationship between the Executive and the Legislature were not the best in the 8th National Assembly. I sincerely hope each one of us will do his utmost to ensure there is a better working relationship between these two arms of government in the 9th Assembly so that we can serve the people better,” he said.
He noted that the task of the National Assembly is to cooperate with the Executive so that together they can fashion policies that will lift people out of poverty and out of illiteracy.
“I appeal to the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members to subordinate all personal interests and ambitions to the imperative of working for the common good of our people,” he stated,
While congratulating the members-elect on their success in winning their constituency seats, Buhari opined that it is a great burden and a great responsibility placed on them by their constituents, adding that they are faced with challenges of poverty.
Buhari, therefore, assured the leaders that his doors remain open to all those with genuine concerns or advice to improve the quality of governance and service delivery to the people.
Responding on behalf of others, Saraki assured the President that the National Assembly will maintain focus on national interest at all times.
Other principal officers in attendance the Deputy Senate President and the Deputy Speaker, the majority and Minority leaders and the majority and Minority Whips and their deputies.