- The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that he will engage the federal government in a decent and decisive manner in his tenure
- Lawal said that he has a mind of his own as the president of the red chamber
- The Senate president referred to rumours that he will be used as a rubber stamp by the executive arm as merely sentimental and laughable
The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has reacted to rumours that he will be a rubber stamp in the hands of the executive arm of the federal government. Lawan said the rumours are all based on sentiment, adding that they are laughable.
According to The Nation, Lawan said that although he believes in the visions of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), he has a mind of his own, adding that he will engage the federal government with a decent and decisive manner.
Lawan said: “There is no time I will ever be a rubber stamp. Yes, I believe in President Buhari as a person and I believe in my party, the APC, but I believe that our problems as Nigerians are Nigerian problems.
“They are neither APC nor PDP problems, they are Nigerian problems that required Nigerian solution. So, we have to work together.
“We will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward.
“We are going to challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive. As a minister, you have to do your ministerial job well. We will make government appointees do what is required of them.
“We have to deal with the issues confronting us. It is not going to be easy, but we have to build a relationship that has mutual respect, collaboration and partnership. It is achievable.
“We are not here for self-serving. We came here with a lot of experience to impact positively in our country. We are here and we will remain focused to make this government work.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lawan emerged the Senate president of the 9th National Assembly.
Legit.ng gathered that Lawan defeated his main challenger and senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, after the counting of the ballot by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
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