These were the promises of the new speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his inaugural speech after he won the election today, June 11 in the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
According to him, there comes a time in the life and history of a people when they interrogate the past and present, review past sacrifices, miscalculations and errors and collectively decide to opt for change, peace and progress.
“We are at such a moment in this country. Hon Colleagues of the 9th Assembly this is our time , this is our moment and history beckons.
“The 9th Assembly under my leadership is going to be a House of reforms or if you like a reform Assembly. The reforms will be dished out piecemeal and at intervals so as not to shock the system.”
Gbajabiamila sought for the support and cooperation of his colleagues to safeguard the future of Nigeria, adding that the House must be reformed before the country can be reformed.
“We simply cannot and must not fail. In this regard and so as to quickly hit the ground running, I am announcing the appointment of Hon Sanusi Rikiji, the former Speaker of Zamfara State as my Chief of Staff.
“Hon Sanusi comes with a wealth of legislative experience and I believe his inclusion in this Assembly will add immense value.
“Hon Colleagus there’s much work to be done in such little time. Lets roll our sleeves and get to work. Nigerians are waiting.”