- Former lawmaker and leader of the 8th NASS, Bukola Saraki, has spoken again
- This time, the former lawmaker said the legislature is the most misunderstood arm in government
- Saraki said the role of the parliament is not to provide roads and build infrastructures
Bukola Saraki, former Senate president and leader of the eighth National Assembly (NASS), has lamented how the role of the legislative arm is not yet fully appreciated in the world.
The former lawmaker, who spoke during the International Day of Parliamentarianism, on Tuesday, June 30, said the institution remained most "misunderstood" arm of government among youths.
According to him, the "false premise" of people on the efficiency of parliament is because it is the youngest of the three arms of government.
“The ordinary role of the parliament is still not appreciated by the public. And that is why people’s expectation and judgment of the efficiency of parliament is falsely premised," Saraki who represented Kwara Central said.
Speaking further, the former lawmaker stated that unlike the executive arm, lawmakers are not bound by the laws to build roads and provide social facilities.
Saraki emphasised that the role of the lawmakers is vital towards upholding the principles of democracy.
The former Kwara state governor and chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also noted that the purpose of the legislature is to use the law to bring changes that promote and ensure people’s welfare and security.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that 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.
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.
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