The president-elect Muhammadu Buhari while addressing the joint session of the re-elected and fresh members of the incoming 8th national assembly at their induction programme solicited their cooperation in solving the various challenges facing the nation.
He said that the legislature is a critical part of democracy and good governance. He said the cooperation of the executive and legislature will have to check the menace of high recurrent expenditure at the expense of capital expenditure.
He regretted that the high cost of governance had greatly affected the execution of capital projects, human development and had eroded public social services such as infrastructures, health and education.
‘Distinguished members of the 8th national assembly, I see these development challenges as the mission of my presidency. I need the support of the members of the national assembly on the battlefront. I need your support in much respect.
According to Buhari, ‘my mission to bring integrity into governance would better succeed if complimented with a strong culture of transparent oversight. He added ‘I am here today to invite you to work with the executive as partners in progress, as champions of good governance and development and as warriors of change. Together, we can make this nation great and as a role model in Africa and other emerging economies and democracies.
The legislature is a critical component and necessary ingredient of democracy and good governance. The legislature by nature is inherently democratic in the sense that all members are equal and are elected representatives of the Nigerian people. As President –elect, I recognise this fact and believe that legislators carry this heavy burden of representation with all the seriousness it deserves.
For a President to be successful in addressing community development and the general welfare of the various people of the country, he or she would benefit from working closely and in harmony with the legislative arm of government. ‘I therefore commit myself to working with the legislature as development partners motivated by the desire to deliver good governance. He assured the legislators of his determination to fight corruption, insecurity in the Northeast and the environmental degradation in the Niger Delta.
The senate president David Mark expressed gratitude to the president-elect for attending their induction programme. He said this is first time that a president-elect will interact with them at this level. He said the visit was historic.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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