The President, in his congratulatory message today, June 11, to the newly elected presiding officers of the Ninth National Assembly, said: “the Executive does not desire a rubber stamp Legislature. While separation of powers is essential, collaboration among all Arms of Government should be the name of the game. Opposition need not be virulent.”
President Buhari described the emergence of the new leaders of the legislative branch of government as “a new dawn, different from duplicity and perfidy of the immediate past.”
The President, who congratulated all the national legislators and their political parties for their display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during the election, charged the winners to use their exalted positions for the higher interest of the country, its people and for the growth of democracy.
He commends the transparent and fair nature of the voting process, adjudging it as a plus for the democracy in the country even as he said that stepping into the Next Level, the legislature should play a big rolefor the goals of the administration to be achieved for the ultimate good of the nation.
The President called on the contestants who lost out to be gallant in defeat, and join hands with the victors who should exhibit magnanimity and eschew vindictiveness.
“At the end of the day, we, the people, who elected our representatives at the national level, are the winners.”