The Nigerian newspaper review for Tuesday, April 2, leads with Senate president, Bukola Saraki saying that the independence of the Nigerian legislature in not a matter to be negotiated by any one.
This Day reports that the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, faulting the alleged All Progressives Congress (APC)'s intervention in the selection of the 9th National Assembly’s leadership, said that the independence of the legislature is non-negotiable.
Saraki said: “The point I am making is that we should not make too much news on the process of electing presiding officers, what is important is for the members of the Senate to decide who is the best to lead them so that they can have stability."
In his advice to senators-elect on Monday, April 1, Saraki said: “Don’t go for any meeting on your day of inauguration and please have it at the back of your mind that the inauguration will be on the floor of the National Assembly and no other place.”
Vanguard reports that a former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday said that he will do his utmost as long as he lives to push for the good of the nation.
As he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders from southwest led by its national vice chairman, Eddy Olafeso, Obasanjo said: “Politically speaking, you can’t be my friend if you don’t buy into the Nigeria project. For me, till death, I will continue to push for a better Nigeria."
Punch reports that the APC has reacted to Senator Bukola Saraki's position that legislators should be the ones to decide the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.
In response to Saraki's advice to senators, the APC's national publicity secretary, Lanre Isa-Onilu said: “The position of the party remains that those positions that belong to the majority party belong to us. Members of the minority party should mind their own business. They should find a way of occupying the positions that belong to them. It is not in their place to start telling us what to do and what not to do.”
Still on the selection of the leaders of the 9th Senate, The Guardian reports that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday, April 1, called for a religious balance in the leadership of the National Assembly.
In his appeal, the president of CAN, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, said: “Our appeal is to let either the Senate President or the Speaker be a Christian. This will give all Nigerians a sense of belonging, irrespective of their religious affiliations.
"We, from the Christian Association of Nigeria, recognise the importance of the National Assembly to the stability and growth of our polity.”
The Nation reports that there was a war of words between CAN and the National Christian Elders' Forum (NCEF) over the former's visit to President Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him on his election victory.
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The chairman of NCEF, Solomon Asemota (SAN), said: “The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) was shocked to read in the news that the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, with some CAN officials and Christian leaders paid a ‘congratulatory’ visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on his purported victory in the 2019 General Elections.
“The NCEF wishes to state that the congratulatory visit to Aso Villa by CAN could not be in the interest of Nigerian Christians..."
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