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Saraki lauds Buhari’s neutrality, Dogara pledges selfless service




NEWLY elected President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki yesterday commended President Mohammadu Buhari for standing by his word not to interfere in the selection of the leadership of the National Assembly.

In the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara in his maiden speech pledged to work with all members to deliver good legislation and good government to Nigerians. Senator Saraki in his inaugural speech said Mr. President’s action has laid a solid foundation for the stability of the 8th National Assembly.

“It will be my responsibility to protect the independence of the legislature in the overall interest of our democracy. Also, our quest for autonomy must not lead us into pursuing adverse relations with other arms of government.

I salute President Buhari for remaining steadfast in his defense of the right of the National Assembly to choose its own leaders which had laid a solid foundation for the stability of the 8th National Assembly,” Saraki said.

Saraki added that the event of yesterday was a clear demonstration that even though they belong to different parties, they are united by a common desire to entrench democracy.

He said: “We have today demonstrated that even though we may belong to different parties, we are ultimately united by our common desire to entrench democracy and allow its principle guide our conducts”.

According to him, the election of the Senate President and the deputy was a vote for a change and it was their responsibility to justify the change through a proactive Assembly.

“The change that our people voted for is a change from a life of poverty and misery to a life of prosperity, happiness, security and comfort, accountability and respect for democracy.

“This is a change that all of us in the National Assembly must strive to justify as Nigerians want to see a proactive National Assembly. “As the President of the 8th Senate, I shall be guided by the enormity of the responsibilities that this moment imposes on all of us. I shall strive to be just, equitable and fair to all”.

Speaker Dogara expressed appreciation over the confidence reposed on him and applauded his opponent Femi Gbajabiamila for the positive role he played over the years in the House, adding that his election attest to the fact that members of the House were resolute in asserting the independence of the legislature as a co-equal arm of government, he also pledged to keep faith with the duties of Law making, Representation and Oversight of the Executive arm of government.

Said he: “My dear colleagues, by electing me as Speaker you have demonstrated to the world that our legislature is living up to the dreams and aspirations of our founding fathers.

You are leaving a legacy of an accountable, autonomous, focused, progressive and united House capable of playing its role as the stabilizing force in our polity.

We have shown once again that this is a House of the Nigerian people. According to Dogara, “After 16 years of unbroken experiment in constitutional democracy, it is right to say that the Nigerian legislature has come of age.

The House continues to remain the repository of the democratic hopes and ambitious of our people. This is a truly representative Chamber that can be relied upon to rise to the occasion when duty calls.

“It should be noted that we are heirs, to a long tradition of a House where debates are robustly undertaken, where radicalism flows as an institutional prerogative.

We continue to be the bulwark for the defence of the rights and privileges of the “common man.” We shall continue to champion the rights of the weak and poor. We shall continue to be the anchor for the wellbeing of our people. “My honourable colleagues, after the euphoria of today comes the difficulties of tomorrow.

We take office at a period in our history when the morale of our people is at its lowest ebb. We take office when our economy is in shambles, when the living conditions of Nigerians are in poor shape, when infrastructures are nonexistent or at best decayed. Our people are no longer safe in their homes .We face a debt crises once again,” the new Reps Speaker said.

“We are in a period of great social and political malaise, provision of basic necessities of life for our people are becoming increasingly difficult. Long fuel lines, high cost of living, and epileptic electricity supply or in most instances complete darkness has become the order of the day. The Health needs of the majority of our people are not being met.

Extreme poverty still envelops a large percentage of our population. For too long, Nigerians have suffered degradation and neglect. The list is endless. “It will be unfair to say that efforts have not been made by our past leaders to solve all these problems.

Quite to the contrary, a lot of progress has been made in many fields. But it appears as if we have not done enough, as the problems still remain.

“We are poised to use our new office to wage a mortal combat with the cancer of corruption, incompetence, insecurity, bad governance and infrastructural decay. We shall wage an unrelenting legislative war on insecurity, unemployment, poverty, lack of power supply, educational inadequacies, health problems and social decay. “We have run out of excuses.

We may be accused of falling short at the end of the day, but we will not be accused of not doing our best to reposition this nation, Nigeria, as a beacon of hope for Africa. We hope that our best will be good enough.

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  • Oluwasanmi

    Saraki you got it wrong, we voted PDP out, but you have decided to hand our votes to PDP, not because of us the masses, but for your selfish ambition. Non of us that voted APC could imagine you will fall so cheap back to your vomit.
    Buhari will soon understand that, No leader can implement far reaching reform with legislative harm of government in the hands of PDP.

    • Asuk

      Whose ambition is not selfish ? The strong man from Lagos who want decide everything is most greedy. Saraki committed no sin, he broke no law, but he broke convention. The man from Lagos encouraged and supportd Tambuwal in 2011 to also break convention by rebelling against the party’s choice. One , one.

      • Oluwasanmi

        My Friend Saraki told me to vote out PDP , Turn around to sleep with them, it is sacrilege. Saraki knew the man in lagos before joining his party, that is not an excuse. I am talking about my vote here.

        • Asuk

          So should have known when you were voting that some persons betrayed their party and came together , and since that virus is what made APC , it will surely show up as it did yesterday.

    • Military rule returns

      what goes around, comes around. same measure you treat other so shall you be treated

  • Frank Ojiako

    Realities of CHANGE in the new dispensation.Power belong to God and All things are working together for NIGERIAN good.Godfather ism being buried publicly at the NASS. It is marvelous in our sight. God is answering the poor masses prayers of a new emerging Nigeria where peace shall reign.Evil is slaying the wicked openly-God is cutting some men to size. Man cannot be omniscient or Omnipresent-if not 8th NASS inauguration would not have gone this way. If men were God…!

  • New Nigerian

    As for the House of Rep – it could be said that democracy was in action, as all members were present.

    As for the senate, there was treachery involved. 50 members – all APC were absent, led to believe there was a meeting that involved Saraki and the President to discuss APC approach to how they would conduct themselves; Even as Saraki had concluded plans with PDP overnight for how things would go the PDP-way. people have called it politics, I call it treachery and deceptions. What in Nigerian speak is what we call “Jamba”. Saraki Mesu Jamba. He sold out APC’s majority to PDP. By not waiting for the 50 members of APC to be present and his nocturnal planning with PDP to sell the mandate of his party, he committed the party equivalence of treason. He may well have emerged as Senate President with all APC members present, however it is obvious that his deputy would have been APC man and I hear Senate Mark is now majority leader – which actually ridicules the whole charade, how can he be the leader of the majority (APC has 59 members) and he is member of PDP with 49 members?

    “When it is said to them do not spread mischief in the land, nay they say we are only peace makers. When they meet members of the party of those who do good, they say we are with you and when they meet fellow evildoers they say, don’t mind the fools we are definitely with you.”. The case of Saraki Jnr. reminds me of a story of old – A pious man was riding his horse, as he passes the house of God he decided to go in to offer some voluntary prayers. So he alighted from his horse, tied it down and gave his fine leather horse whip (those were good possessions of yore) to a boy he saw there to hold for him based on agreement. He came out and the boy and the horse whip were gone – so he called on someone else and gave him two silver coins and said to him go to the market, you’d see one boy who is selling a horse whip, buy it for 2 silver coins and bring it back to me. When the good samaritan returned with the horse whip, he told him the story of what just happened and concluded, God has meant that he will have 2 silver coins today. I was going to tip him 2 silver coins, if he had been truthful that would have been praiseworthy and he would have earned good for himself. He still got his 2 silver coins and now incurred the sin of stealing and it’s damnations.

    There is enough lesson in this story for Senators Saraki, Ikweremadu, David Mark and all Senators, as well as President Buhari, APC, PDP and All Nigerians. What is your take on the lessons that can be deduced from this story, for all parties involved (in the disenfranchisement of majority of APC senators by a PDP-plot and it’s members to elect Saraki as Senate President and a PDP person as his deputy)?

    I’d tell you what I think APC leadership (not the President – we want him focused on the job we hired him to do), should do based on the above story- Reverse the coup at the senate. This may be how, for being involved in the coup to give the majority mandate to PDP at the senate, which is the party-equivalent of treason, all APC-senators involved should be suspended, INEC petitioned for poll fraud (since they were not senators yet, but senators-elect on the platform of APC) and other candidates fielded to represent their constituencies. If they like, let them go and contest as PDP and then we’d see who wins and returns to the senate as PDP.

    Over to you – what do you think the major actors and stakeholders mentioned above should do?

    • Blackprophet

      Thanks for your opinion


    saraki reminds me of governors forum where the lesser vote worn the election, this same action that made him mad at the PDP has been legalized by the same man with david mark becoming the majority leader.