Newly elected Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in an attempt to settle scores with the disgruntled members of the National Assembly, has stated the necessity of lawmakers to unite and make moving nation forward their primary goal.
The Senate President made this call in a press release describing the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the House of Representatives as a laudable victory and the speaker a worthy partner. The statement was released on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Abuja.
The statement reads:
“The election is over, it is time to unite, pull together and move the national assembly forward in the right direction. There should be no ill will towards anyone, and we must move all together irrespective of party affiliations.
“This is the time to join hands to move the house, which is already reputed for its vibrancy. The country is waiting on us to take it to the next level through people-oriented legislation. Above all, let national interest be uppermost in your new leadership role, most especially in making laws that would bring the greatest good to greatest number of our people.
“We have been called to leadership at a critical time in our nation’s history. We are besieged by insurgency, unemployment, dwindling economic fortunes and a massive infrastructural deficit. These challenges are urgent and require that we find ways to forge a collective national agenda, a minimum deliverable legislative intervention that we must fast track to help underpin the policy direction of the executive and give a new lease of life to our people again.”
“While wishing you a peaceful and successful tenure in office, may I use this medium to seek your collaboration as we aim to forge a closer engagement to achieve seamless legislative progress between both chambers.
“I believe that our ability to work in sync would greatly help us speed up critical bills – executive and private member bills – aimed at fast-tracking national development and urgently meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the populace for which we are privileged to represent at this time.”