The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has applauded the current National Assembly and particularly the leadership style of President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
Buhari hailed Lawan in a message delivered by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Wednesday night at a birthday get-together hosted by the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, in honour of Senate President who clocked 63 on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by the Special Adviser (Media) to President of the Senate, Ola Awoniyi, titled ‘Buhari Applauds Ninth N’Assembly as Lawan Urges Consensus on Critical Issues,’ Kalu and Lawan have been close friends since their school days at the University of Maiduguri in the early 80s.
The 9th National Assembly has especially been criticised as a rubber stamp of the current Buhari-led Executive.
Gambari said the President sent him to deliver a congratulatory message and express his admiration for Lawan’s personal achievements.
He said, “The third dimension of Mr President’s message is to commend the celebrant for the very able manner in which he has steered the affairs of the National Assembly.
“Some people assume that the role of the Legislative arm of government is to oppose the government. That is not the President’s understanding. The National Assembly is an arm of government just as the Executive is; just as the Judiciary is. That means the three arms of government are to work in a complementary manner.
“Therefore, Mr President views the kind of flair, the commitment, the passion, the constructive engagement with the Executive under his leadership, the cooperation with the Executive as a sign, not of weakness but strength.
“It is easy to be critical. It is easy to be negative but it is a lot more difficult and more challenging to have constructive engagement and cooperation with the Executive. But the beneficiary of such constructive engagement and cooperation is the nation.”
The Chief of Staff to the President added, “One of the achievements is that we now have a budget that runs from January to December and Mr President has just signed the Finance Bill and budget for 2022.
“So, the President really commends the way in which he handles the affairs of the National Assembly and looks forward to many more periods of cooperation with your leadership.”
Speaking at the occasion, Lawan appealed to politicians, irrespective of their political affiliations, to work towards building consensus on critical national issues.
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