Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the newly elected leaders of the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President, Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the House of Representatives and others.
Atiku appealed to the new leaders to see their elections beyond the narrow interests of respective political parties.
The former Vice President, in a statement by his media office today, said that with the elections of its presiding officers, the 8th National Assembly should swing to work and put the overall national interest beyond the personal political interests of its members.
He said that with the election of its presiding officers, the 8th National Assembly has prepared the ground work for a full legislative business.
Atiku reminded every member of both the Senate and the House of Representatives of their responsibilities to their constituents, which, he said, is to put national interest before their individual political interest.
The former Vice President said that Irrespective of the political mix through which the presiding officers emerged the 8th National Assembly should never lose focus of its role as a partner in progress with the other arms of government, especially the executive arm.
“The Nigerian people look up to the new National Assembly to work with the executive arm in finding solutions to the problems of insecurity, poverty, illiteracy and joblessness in the country. Their election is indeed a call to duty, and it is a call for which they cannot afford to fail the nation.” [myad]