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Jonathan expresses confidence in Saraki, National Assembly leadership


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has commended Senate President Bukola Abubakar Saraki for providing “firm and progressive leadership” at the National Assembly.He noted that but for his leadership, the legislative arm of government would probably have been in chaos and, “if the National Assembly is in tatters, then of course, democracy is gone.”

Jonathan spoke yesterday when Saraki paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.He said the senate president’s wide support base was a testament of his leadership ability.Jonathan, however, thanked Saraki and members of his entourage for the visit, noting that most of the leaders that came with him to his house had at one time or the other played key roles in his political history and development.He said: “Senate President, let me use this opportunity to commend your leadership ability.”

Looking at what is happening in the country, if not for your strong leadership, probably the National Assembly would have been in chaos and if it is in tatters, then of course, democracy is gone.“I am quite pleased with the kind of relationship you have with the House of Representatives members and how you have been able to hold the National Assembly together because, on the day that the parliament was invaded, though the target was the Senate, the House of Representatives members were as active as, if not more active than the senators, and that cannot happen by chance.

“What we know is that if there is an assault on the Senate. Then it is also seen as an assault on the House of Representatives. If they (House of Representatives members) didn’t believe in you, I don’t think some of them would have taken that kind of risk. That commitment shows that they believe in your leadership.”

Saraki had told his host that they visited to pay homage and inform him of his formal return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).He said the prevailing realities require that all those that love the country must work together to return it to the path of growth, fairness, equity and justice.

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