The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, Bola Tinubu, says the emergence of Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as leaders of the 9th National Assembly comes at a “crucial time” in Nigeria’s history.
Lawan emerged as the President of the 9th Nigerian Senate while Gbajabiamila emerged as the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
Speaking on their emergence on Wednesday in a congratulatory message entitled: “Nurturing and Deepening National Assembly Institution, Democracy,” Tinubu advised the new leadership of the country’s 9th National Assembly to work closely with the Executive.
His words: “It is imperative that the new leadership quickly departs from the adversarial posture of those that came before and extends hands of fellowship and friendship to the Executive,” his message read.
“A convivial and cooperative relationship between the legislative and executive arms of government is our best chance at achieving the progress that we, as Nigerians, deserve and it’s incumbent on our new leaders to make this a reality in this next dispensation.
“Our system speaks of complementarity between the Executive and Legislature and does not preclude the Legislature from working harmoniously with the Executive in the service of our people.”
Tinubu also said, “Their emergence as leaders of the 9th National Assembly comes at a crucial time in our nation’s history. As we celebrate 20 years of uninterrupted democracy and our new National Democracy Day of June 12.
“We look backwards to recognise the sacrifices and valour of our heroes past. We also look forward with hope for the future of our nation and our democracy,” the APC National Leader added.