Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Senators yesterday praised the duo of former President Goodluck Jonathan and newly sworn-in President, General Muhammadu Buhari, for the successful handover of government last weekend. The senators also congratulated Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo. Following a motion sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, and 101 other senators, the senators further congratulated their colleagues in the National Assembly, who have become governors in their respective states. Entitled ‘Congratulations to President Muhammadu Buhari, and others’, the motion also urged the former federal legislators and other state governors to observe the Rule of Law, and continue to maintain the integrity of the National Assembly, and respect the legislature in their respective states in consonance with democratic principles.
“The successful inauguration of our colleagues in the National Assembly as governors in their respective states: Hon. Aminu Tambuwal as Governor of Sokoto State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State, Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade as Governor of Cross River State, Senator Bindo Jibrilla as Governor of Adamawa State, Senator Atiku Baguda as Governor of Kebbi State and Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as Governor of Enugu State. “(We identify) with the current government under President Muhammadu Buhari, and the state governments under the leadership of our colleagues in the National Assembly in their tasks to legitimate yearnings of our people for a greater country in all spheres of socio-political and economic life,” Ndoma-Egba read.
In his contribution to the motion, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, urged the incoming members of the National Assembly to partner with the executive, especially on security and national development. “This shows consolidation of democracy in Nigeria, and electing National Assembly members shows the people have confidence in us. The 8th National Assembly should partner with executive and partner with them on security and national development for the administration to deliver the dividends of democracy,” Enang urged.
Senator Bukar Ibrahim, in his contribution, expressed hope that Buhari would write his name in history the way Jonathan did. “I join all Nigerians to congratulate all elected leaders; it shows that Nigeria can do a clean election. The problem has always been leadership, and Jonathan has set the pace by conducting a credible election. Jonathan has written his name in gold in history, and I hope that Buhari will do the same,” Ibrahim said. In her contribution, Senator Nkechi Nwogu the incoming Assembly not to allow tribunal matters to draw them back. “We congratulate them for a peaceful inauguration, and this has put our false prophets to shame; and it goes to show that Nigeria has gone into the annals of history. “I congratulate PDP for conceding victory. For the fact that PDP accepted to play the opposition is commendable, and it shows that democracy has grown. I hereby enjoin the 8th Assembly not to allow tribunal matters to put us backwards,” she said.