NASS won’t be my rubber stamp – Buhari

June 12th, 2019

By Chesa Chesa

President Muhammadu Bu­hari has congratulated the newly elected presiding of­ficers of the Ninth National As­sembly.

The inauguration of the As­sembly kicked off on Tuesday as Senators elected Ahmed Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege as Senate President and Deputy Senate, re­spectively.

At the House of Representa­tives, the lawmakers elected Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker, and as Deputy Speaker.

In a press statement issued by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Me­dia and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President also saluted all the national legislators and their po­litical parties for their display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during the election.

He commended the trans­parent and fair nature of the vot­ing process, adjudging it as a plus for the democracy in the country.

“President Buhari describes 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 charges the winners to use their exalted po­sitions for the higher interest of the country, her people, and for the growth of democracy”, said Adesina.

He quoted Buharo to have declared that “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. Opposition need not be virulent.”

Buhari further noted that “stepping into the Next Level, the legislature has a big role to play for the goals of the administra­tion to be achieved. This is for the ultimate good of the nation.”

The President urged contest­ants who lost out to be gallant in defeat, and join hands with the victors who should exhibit mag­nanimity and eschew vindictive­ness.

“At the end of the day, we, the people, who elected our rep­resentatives at the national level, are the winners,” he added.

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