- Gbajabiamila states that the election of principal officers of the 9th Assembly was transparent.
- Buhari speaks on security and smuggling.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan has assured President Muhammadu Buhari that the legislature is ready to work with the executive to provide solutions to the challenges facing the nation.
The number three citizen stated this on Thursday night during a dinner with the leaders of the National Assembly during hosted by the president in Aso Rock.
Lawan also noted that the 9th National Assembly was different in “attitude, composition and patriotism’’ and will ensure good “collaboration, partnership and synergy’’ on national issues.
Also speaking, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said elections of principal officers in the National Assembly were transparent, assuring that the National Assembly will work with President Buhari to improve the lives of constituents.
in his address, President Buhari further said Nigeria had benefitted a lot by maintaining a good relationship with neighbours like Cameroon and Benin Republic, pointing out that the fight against Boko Haram had been jointly carried out with neighbouring countries, while Nigeria’s drive for food security had been discussed with neighbouring countries to cut smuggling.
He, therefore, urged the legislature to stop comparing Nigeria’s democracy with more developed countries as every country had its peculiarities and the historical growth patterns had been different, with the developed countries practising liberal democracy for longer years.
“Along the line of development, we are a developing country. We have different experiences,’’ he added.
Buhari who earlier stated that he was under tremendous pressure to nominate ministers said he is taking his time to work with people he knew personally as the ones nominated in the first term were recommended by the All Progressives Congress (APC).