President Muhammadu Buhari says he does not look forward to a rubber-stamped legislature even though his preferred candidates for the main leadership position in the senate and the house of representatives were elected as senate president and speaker.
Buhari said this in reaction to the emergence of Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as the new Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.
The President had earlier said he rated Bukola Saraki, immediate past president of the Nigerian Senate and Yakubu Dogara, immediate past speaker of the House of Representatives very low for their lack of patriotism while leading the assembly.
He said, “Today marks a new dawn, different from the duplicity and perfidy of the immediate past.
“Let me make it clear that the executive does not desire a rubber-stamped legislature. And while the separation of powers is essential, collaboration among all Arms of Government should be the name of the game. The opposition need not be virulent.”
The president also congratulated Lawan and Gbajabiamila while tasking them to assist the executive arm to achieve the promises it has made to the people.
“Congratulations also to all national legislators and their political parties for the display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during today’s elections.
“We all, including today’s winners, must use our exalted positions for the higher interest of Nigeria, her people, and for the growth of our democracy.
“Stepping into the 'Next Level', the legislature has a big role to play for the goals of our administration to be achieved, and for the ultimate good of the nation,” the president said.
He urged lawmakers who lost in the elections to be gallant in defeat and to join hands with the winners of the assembly elections.