Executive, legislature crisis inevitable – Saraki, Dogara

President Muhammadu Buhari (Middle) with Senate President, Bukola Saraki (left) and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (right)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have stated that the ongoing dispute between the National Assembly and the Presidency is normal in a democratic dispensation.

Both of them, speaking to State House correspondents, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, explained that, National Assembly/presidential relationship is cordial, despite their differences on some issues.

Some of the issues, include the Senate’s rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Senate’s insistence that the Customs Comptroller General must appear before it in uniform and the step down of Buhari’s INEC resident electoral officers nominees.

The Speaker said what Nigerians regard as crisis between the legislature and executive is always an opportunity for the two arms of government to set new boundaries to strengthen their relationship.

“You might look at it as crisis, but I don’t look at it as crisis. You know I’ve always said that as a government, our value will be the problems we have solved. We can’t be remembered for avoiding or running away from problems.
 
“It is only when‎ we provide solutions to some of the things you refer to as crisis and we look at it as opportunities to begin the new that people will now remember us for putting down enduring legacies. But when we run away from everything that appears to be trouble, we will not make it.
 
“I tell you they’ll overcome it. I’m not in the Senate and I’m not the spokesperson for the Senate. So, the Senate will speak for themselves.
 
“This is a democracy we’re running and we’ve to open the space to civil society, to everyone who feels aggrieved to be able to air his grievances. So, if they’ve grievances against the institution of the legislature, we will take it,” He said

Saraki on his own part said disagreement between the Presidency and the National Assembly on some issues should not be allowed to cause distraction on major issues.

The Senate president said: “Good development! But like I said, there will always be issues on one or two things. It doesn’t mean that is the foundation of it.

“When you have an arm of government that has to do with confirmation there will always be (issues). For example, the NDDC Bill we rejected three people from the NDDC, we keep on moving.

“We are all part of one government, that is why despite all these, still major decisions are taken. Like I said, we did a critical amendment on INEC by Tuesday or Wednesday for the first time in the history of the legislature.

“We are going to lay a report on the PIB for consideration. It has never happened. For the past 20 years, it has not gotten to this stage. So, it’s work in progress for the interest of Nigeria.

“Don’t let us get distracted by one or two infractions, it’s bound to happen. Even America that we are copying, even today as we are watching, see what is happening in the Supreme Court. These are things that happen on the part of democracy.

“But I can reassure Nigerians that it is just a drop in the ocean, it is not an issue that should stir the whole nation, be rest assured”

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