President Muhammadu Buhari, has hailed the President of the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, for running a Legislature that operates in a complimentary manner with the Executive arm of government, Page 36 learnt.
He hailed the Senate President in a message delivered by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Wednesday night, at a birthday get-together hosted by the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu, in honour of the Senate President who turned 63 years old.
According to a statement issued on Thursday, by the Special Adviser on Media, to the President of the Senate, Ola Awoniyi, titled: ‘Buhari Applauds Ninth N’Assembly as Lawan Urges Consensus on Critical Issue’, Professor Gambari said: “The third dimension of Mr. President’s message, is to commend the celebrant for the very able manner in which he has steered the affairs of the National Assembly.
“Some people assume that the role of the Legislative arm of government is to oppose the government. That is not the President’s understanding. The National Assembly is an arm of government just as the Executive is; just as the Judiciary is. That means the three arms of government are to work in a complementary manner.
“Therefore, Mr. President views the kind of flair, the commitment, the passion, the constructive engagement with the Executive under his leadership, the cooperation with the Executive as a sign, not of weakness, but strength.
“It is easy to be critical. It is easy to be negative, but it is a lot more difficult and more challenging to have constructive engagement and cooperation with the Executive. But the beneficiary of such constructive engagement and cooperation is the nation.
“One of the achievements is that we now have a budget that runs from January to December, and Mr. President has just signed the Finance Bill and Budget for 2022.
“So, the President really commends the way in which he handles the affairs of the National Assembly, and looks forward to many more periods of cooperation with your leadership.”