SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has that the relationship between the Executive arm of the government and the outgoing 8th National Assembly (NASS) was frosty.
Buhari made this known on Tuesday as he broke his Ramadan fast with the leadership of the National Assembly.
Among those present were the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki; Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu; and Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara.
Others present include the Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, and Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan.
Speaking at the Iftar dinner, Buhari said the nation deserved better than it got adding that he hoped for a better working relationship between the two arms of government in the 9th National Assembly.
“Relations between the Executive and the Legislature were not the best in the 8th National Assembly,” he said.
“I sincerely hope each one of us will do his utmost to ensure there is a better working relationship between these two arms of government in the 9th Assembly so that we can serve the people better.
“Your principal task is to cooperate with the Executive so that together we can fashion policies that will lift our people out of poverty and out of illiteracy.
“I appeal to the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members to subordinate all personal interests and ambitions to the imperative of working for the common good of our people.”
He assured the leaders that his doors remained open “to all of you who have genuine concerns or advice to improve the quality of governance and service delivery to our people.”