Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, has urged the 8th National Assembly to be independent minded in their choice of leadership.
In a statement issued on Thursday, May 14, 2015 Ita Giwa stressed the need for cordiality between the legislators, it’s leadership and the executive in other to strengthen democracy and the rule of law.
She said that in spite of the different political leanings of the lawmakers, they should ensure that they work together as an entity without undermining the dignity of the institution.
She added that the lawmakers have to hit the ground running and do the right thing and avoid distractions and unnecessary disputes with the executive arm in other to legislate excellently for the nation.
“I urge the 8th national assembly that will be inaugurated on June 4 to be independent minded. They should put the nation first ahead of their personal interests.
“This should be reflected in their choice of leadership. The upper and lower house are symbols of pride and dignity. Nigerians look forward to them to make people oriented laws and to partner seamlessly with the executive arm of government.
“Inasmuch as they are under obligation to provide check and balances and carry out other functions, there should be cordial relationship between them.
“This is necessary for our democracy to thrive. I advise that in all they do, they should dignify the hallowed chambers and promote peaceful atmosphere irrespective of their political differences.
Ita-Giwa has served two former Nigerian presidents as liason officer and as Special Adviser between the executive and the legislators.