- The ninth National Assembly is celebrating its first anniversary
- President Muhammadu Buhari has joined well-wishers of the legislators to felicitate with them
- The president said the lawmakers have exhibited diligence in handling issues related to the development of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the ninth National Assembly on their first year anniversary.
President Buhari in a short message posted by his media aide, Bashir Ahmad, on Wednesday, June 10, sent warm greetings to the leadership and members of the 9th Assembly.
He also extolled what he called “their sense of duty and diligence in handling issues related to the development of the country.”
The 9th National Assembly is presided over by Senator Ahmad Lawan in the Senate and Rep Femi Gbajabiamila in the House of Representatives.
Lawan who is from Yobe state has been a member of the National Assembly (first in the House of Representatives) since 1999, while Gbajabiamila has been in the House since 2003.
While Lawan is deputised by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from Delta state, Gbajabiamila is deputised by Ahmed Idris Wase from Plateau state.
Remarkably, the leadership of the 9th National Assembly has been labelled as 'rubber stamp' by several critics due to the alleged influence of the executive in their election.
“The ninth National Assembly is focused, united and determined to make a positive difference in the lives of Nigerians.
“We are so terribly misunderstood that when we say that we are going to work with the executive arm of government in a very harmonious and productive manner, some people, out of misunderstanding or mischief, say it’s a rubber stamp National Assembly,” Lawan said in response to the critics.
On his part, Gbajabiamila said: “People, critics and people of other parties have said the 9th Assembly is a rubber stamp to the Executive. They may have told you that too. The fact is that the National Assembly is not a rubber stamp.
“This is a new dispensation. There will be checks and balances. There will be separation of powers. We will agree with the executive if we have to, and we will disagree if we have to. Our watchword is to protect the interests of the Nigerian people. That is the oath I and my colleagues swore to.”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has urged the federal government to stop the entry of foreign herdsmen into Nigeria.
This was contained in a motion brought to the lower chambers of the National Assembly by the minority leader in the House of Representatives, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu.
Contributing to the motion, lawmakers stated that herdsmen have been on a rampage, destroying farmlands and killing innocent Nigerians.
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