Se­nate Pres­i­dent’s ma­tu­rity re­duced ex­ec­u­tive-leg­is­la­ture fric­tions, says Buhari

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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.

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