- As the ninth NASS marks one year in office, the leadership of the legislative body has dusted off innuendo of it being a rubber stamp to the executive
- Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, made the clarification, saying both arms are on the same page albeit on the principle of separation of power
- The Yobe-born lawmaker further remarked that his understanding of separation of power is basically functionality
The leadership of the ninth National Assembly has lifted the lids on the mode of relationship between the legislature and the executive arm led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking with Daily Trust, Ahmed Lawan, the Senate president and the leader of NASS, said the federal lawmakers and the executive body are on "the same page."
He further explained that while this has helped in bringing the political leadership of the country under a smooth run, it does not mean the lawmakers are "rubber stamp" as being manoeuvred.
Lawan made the disclosure as part of activities marking one year of the ninth NASS. The Assembly was inaugurated on June 11, 2019, after Lawan got 79 votes to beat Mohammed Ali Ndume to the respected stool of the Senate leadership.
"I always like to talk about this rubber stamp thing. Being on the same page, I think is supposed to be the desire of every organisation when it relates with another, and especially if the fates of the two organisations are tied.
"Truly, we have been on the same page for most of the time with the executive, I mean the Ninth Senate or indeed the Ninth Assembly," Lawan said.
The Senate president further said his understanding of separation of power is "functionality" which means specialisation of functions of the different arms.
He stated that there is no interdependence of any arm of government in the democratic political setting, adding that legislature is expected to perform the function of oversight, checks and balances of the executive.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Lawan said the difficulty experienced while purchasing equipment is a major challenge affecting Nigeria's efforts against insecurity.
He said efforts to buy equipment for the Nigerian armed forces are usually frustrated by international politics.
The Senate president added that Nigeria's security system is currently overstretched, adding that there is a need for more resources to tackle insecurity.
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