Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has just described as “sentimental and laughable”, insinuations from many that he would be a rubber stamp Senate President, as he would give the President a decisive challenge on issues, according to THE PUNCH.
The Senate President in a statement released on Friday by Mohammed Isa, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, revealed this as he addressed the Women Parliamentarians, a group which was led by Senator Joy Emordi in the nation’s capital.
Senator Lawan stated that the belief he had in the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) should not be mistaken to mean that he did not have a mind of his own.
The statement said:
“During my campaign, I was called a potential rubber-stamp Senate President to the Executive; maybe because I am close to the President, or because I believe in his cause.
“There is no time that I will ever be a rubber stamp. Yes, I believe in President Buhari as a person and I believe in my party, the APC, but I believe that our problems as Nigerians are Nigerian problems.
“They are neither APC nor Peoples Democratic Party’s problems, they are Nigerian problems, that require Nigerian solution. So, we have to work together.
“We will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward.
“We are going to challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive.
“As a Minister, you have to do your ministerial job well. We will make government appointees do what is required of them.
“We have to deal with the issues confronting us. It is not going to be easy, but we have to build a relationship that has mutual respect, collaboration, and partnership. It is achievable.
“We are not here for self-serving. We came here with a lot of experiences to impact positively in our country. We are here and we will remain focused to make this government work.”
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