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Saraki Pledges To Cooperate With Buhari

Posted: Oct 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

Senate President, Bukola Saraki ?has pledged to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari on matters affecting the interest of the country and to ensure smoother Legislature/Executive relations.
His assurance came on Wednesday night after his first lengthy meeting the President, who had opposed his emergence as Senate President four months ago.
Against the background of the tense relationship and having submitted his list of ministerial nominees for clearance by the Senate, Buhari invited Saraki and other principal officers of the National Assembly to a fence-mending meeting at the Aso Rock Villa.
Emerging from the meeting, Saraki commended the initiative, saying regular parleys between the two arms of government were in the interest of all Nigerians.
Flanked by the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other lawmakers, Saraki described the meeting as useful, adding that it was time for the lawmakers and everyone else to drop their partisan affiliation and work for the common good of the country.

According to him: “The meeting was an initiative of the President for an interaction with the leadership of the National Assembly. It was a very useful session, being the first one.
“This kind of interaction helps in ensuring smooth relationship between the two arms of government.
“We discussed a number of issues; some of the plans. The general commitment is that yes, the National Assembly has legislators from different parties but now we are representing Nigeria.
“We have a common goal to see that we work together for the interest of the country as a whole.”
Asked if his ongoing trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal over assets declaration came up for discussion during the meeting, Saraki tactfully replied that the big issue was to ensure the Executive acts in the interest of the nation.
His words: “We are talking about what will make Nigeria work, we are talking about the promises we made during elections. Those are the big issues we are talking about and to ensure that there are no distractions.
“The focus is to ensure that the executive arm does things in the interest of the county.
“It is normal in democratic setting, from time to time, you see the parliament talking with the executive. That is how to make things work.
“What we are taking away is for Nigerians to be confident that government is working. We are committed to work together and it is going to be for the good of Nigerians at large.

“It is a good development. We are all committed to what we are all elected to do: to make Nigeria work.”

He explained that the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Deputy Minority Whip, who are of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, were conspicuously absent as they were out of the country.