President Muhammadu Buhari, said that aggrieved and concerned Nigerians can now seek reform on certain laws not pleasing to them. President Buhari noted while declaring open a two-day joint Executive/Legislative leadership retreat at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on Monday. The retreat was themed ‘Promoting Effective Executive Legislative Partnership, finding a Middle Ground’
He emphasized that, the processes and procedures involved in law making as well as governance are ever changing.
He implored Nigerians who are displeased with some laws to process reform, in line with democratic standards.
He publicly declared that, the aim and intent of his administration, are in the best interest of the country and her citizens, as they are exacting great effort to ensure peace, justice and progress for all Nigerians.
He said, ‘Let me also remind our common patriots, gentlemen and women, that the processes of lawmaking and governance are dynamic and ever evolving. I will seek their indulgence to be patient with any legislation or law which they have certain misgivings about and engage the process in line with democratic practices.’
‘Our interest is sincere promotion of our collective will and aspiration to build a nation where justice, peace, and progress are the norm.’
He said that, the retreat ushered in an opportunity for the two arms to review and engage as one government, for the benefit of all Nigerians.
‘…This retreat, named: Promoting Effective Executive Legislative Partnership, finding a Middle Ground, is apt as it reflects the peculiarity of a presidential system of government like ours.’
‘The experiences of the last 20 years of steady democratic practice in Nigeria have underlined the need for effective partnership and collaboration between the Executive and Legislative arms of government to deliver our mandate.’
‘I believe that the principle of separation of powers, as enshrined in our Constitution, is designed to enable all arms of government to work together in cooperative and collaborative manner, through Executive and Legislative engagements.’
Ahmed Lawan, Senate President stated that, the National Assembly was not troubled about being referred to as ‘a rubber stamp’ so long as it joins forces with the Executive to make the country better.
‘The next 48 hours is to be devoted to discuss the relationship between both arms of government. This is a sign that the relationship, particularly between the Executive and Legislature, is of utmost concern to us in government.’
‘This National Assembly decided quite early to work with the Executive very harmoniously for the benefits of Nigerians. I am glad that Mr. President, you have expressed similarly commitment…’
Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives reiterated that both arms need to work hand in hand, to bring about dividends of democracy to the people.
He said: ‘The Executive, being part of this, is a testament to your commitment to nation-building.’
‘This two-day engagement will do nothing but to strengthen the relationship between these two critical arms of government but enhance it so that the people will be the better for it.’
‘I believe it will be frank, truthful. We will speak truth to each other and I believe the outcome will be to the benefit of all Nigerians.’
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