Senate President Ahmad Lawan has again dismissed the insinuation that the ninth National Assembly is a rubber-stamp legislature.
Lawan said this at the Dutse Airport in Jigawa State on his way to Yobe North Senatorial District in Yobe State.
The Senate president, who returned to Nigeria Thursday morning after about three weeks’ visit abroad, said no amount of blackmail would discourage the National Assembly from working with the executive arm of government for the betterment of the people.
His Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, stated yesterday: “The ninth National Assembly is focused, united and determined to make a positive difference in the lives of Nigerians.
“We are so terribly misunderstood that when we say that we are going to work with the executive arm of government in a very harmonious and productive manner, some people, out of misunderstanding or mischief, say it’s a rubber stamp National Assembly.”
The number three citizen also expressed satisfaction about the prevailing cordiality among members of the National Assembly and sought the support and understanding of the people.
“Our colleagues in the Senate particularly and generally in the National Assembly have given us every support that we need to perform our functions as a legislature.
“We are going to continue to seek your support and understanding and the support of all Nigerians in this enterprise.
“We believe governance is not only for those who are elected or appointed; it is for everybody. Those who are elected and appointed and those who will hold the offices in trust for.
So you should continue to pray for us, advise us and ensure that we don’t derail,” Lawan said.