President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the new leadership of the Ninth National Assembly.
The Senate and House of Representatives, On Tuesday elected Senators Ahmed Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively.
In the same vein, the House of Representatives also on Tuesday elected Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila and Idris Wase as Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
In a statement by Mr Femi Adesina Special Adviser, Media and Publicity l, on Tuesday evening said President also saluted all the national legislators and their political parties for their display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during the election.
He said Buhari commended the transparent and fair nature of the voting process, adjudging it as a plus for the democracy in the country.
President Buhari describes 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 charges the winners to use their exalted positions for the higher interest of the country, her people, and for the growth of democracy.
According to him, “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 notes that, “Stepping into the Next Level, the legislature has a big role to play for the goals of the administration to be achieved,” stressing that, “This is for the ultimate good of the nation.”
The President urges 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,” President Buhari notes.