Senate President’s maturity reduced executive-legislature frictions, says Buhari
John Ameh, Sunday Aborisade and Kamarudeen Ogundele
THE President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday praised the “maturity” and “discipline” of the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
He said Lawan’s attributes had improved executivelegislature relations since the take-off of the 9th National Assembly in June, 2019.
Buhari stated this in a message to congratulate Lawan on his 61st birthday.
The message was contained in a statement issued by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
The retired Major General noted that under Lawan, the Assembly had recorded achievements, citing the passage of the 2020 budget within two months of being laid before lawmakers as one example.
The statement read, “On behalf the Federal Executive Council and all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, on his 61st birthday.
“The President joins the National Assembly and all members of All Progressives Congress in celebrating the milestone, which has been lined with many years of contributions to Nigeria’s development, with fruitful years of lawmaking, starting from House of Representatives in 1999.
“At 61, the President believes the Senate President’s rich experience as an administrator, educator and lawmaker will go a long way in shaping policies that will directly impact on the livelihood of Nigerians, while commending his responsive and inclusive leadership style.”
Meawhile, the APC has said the early passage of the 2020 budget by the ninth National Assembly will lead to rapid economic growth for the country.
The party gave the assurance on Sunday in a congratulatory message to Lawan on his 61st birthday.
The party described Lawan as a diligent and experienced legislator, a loyal party man and a foremost progressive politician.
According to a statement by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-onilu, the qualities made the party to appoint him the chairman of the recently constituted APC National Reconciliation Committee.
The statement read in part, “Senator Ahmed Lawan’s leadership of the 9th National Assembly has put the interest of Nigerians above any pecuniary interest. In less than a year since the current lawmakers were inaugurated, Senator Lawan has deftly moulded a Senate where the party in the majority, the APC has been working harmoniously with the minority parties on common issues of national concern.”
Also, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omoagege, congratulated Lawan.
Omo-agege lauded the Senate President for leading the 9th Senate in the direction of the Apc-led Next Level agenda.