Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has
stated that he will no more be the leader of the National Assembly but
he will leave behind a legacy worthy of emulation at the Senate.
He, however said those attacking the integrity of the National Assembly are ignorant about the workings of the legislature.
The President of The Senate made the
declaration in a statement released in Abuja, yesterday, ahead of
Senate’s resumption from its annual recess.
The senate president said his focus,
since he assumed office on June 9, 2015, has been to build an effective
and efficient legislature that directly impacts the lives of all
He reiterated that the role of the
legislature, in a young democracy, like Nigeria, is often misconstrued,
hence, it is necessary for the National Assembly to work towards
positively influencing the lives of all Nigerians, through its powers of
lawmaking, oversight and advocacy.
“The president of the senate is just
first among equals. However, what always motivates me is that drive to
leave this institution better than we met it.
“I always like to leave a place stronger
than I met it, and more capable to deliver on its constitutional role
and functions than how it was before I got there.
The difference between democracy and
dictatorship is the parliament. This is why I tell people that it is not
about who the senate president is the President, or the chief justice
of Nigeria is, we must always work to strengthen all our institutions.
For example, in four years, I’m gone. Somebody else will be there, but,
the institution will always remain. If you have weak parliament that is
not effectively able to champion the needs of the people, you will have a
weak democracy. However, because of myopic interests, at times, some
people do not see why we must protect the mandates and integrity of
“When we decided to have a presidential
system of governance, it was based on the fact that there must be checks
and balances. When these safeguards are in place, it strengthens our
democracy and promotes the sort of collaboration across the board that
helps us meet the needs of Nigerians.”
Sarakialso stressed that the Eighth Senate will continue to remain committed to people-centered governance.
“Moving forward, we will continue to
target laws and interventions that will have direct benefits to all
Nigerians. We have started this with our economic priority bills, and we
can see the impact with the uptick in banks now lending to more MSMEs.
However, we will not stop here.
“With the slight improvement in our
economy, it now behoves on all of us, the executive and the legislature,
to work towards ensuring that these improvements translate directly to
the pockets of Nigerians and the rising cost of living across the
country. We have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said.