Don’t stifle legislature, Tambuwal warns incoming govt

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Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, who yesterday quit his office as Speaker, House of Representatives, warned President- elect, Muhammadu Buhari, not to attempt making the National Assembly a rubber stamp of the executive.

He stressed that such attempt from the party and the president would backfire and destabilise the country.

Tambuwal, who regretted the frosty relationship between the House and the executive arm of government in the outgoing government, gave the warning in a speech titled ‘The Power of Unity’ yesterday during a valedictory session of the 7th Assembly, at the National Assembly complex.

At the session, which was attended by former Speakers, principal officers and exmembers of the National Assembly, Tambuwal harped on Legislature-Executive harmony in resolving the myriad of problems besetting the nation.

He said in maintaining democracy and accountability to the people, all arms of government need to be independent.

Tambuwal, who is also Sokoto State governor-elect, regretted that he would be leaving the House. He however congratulated Nigerian children on
their day yesterday, and called on Nigerians to honour the memory of a dead colleague.
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He gave the House kudos for its cordial relationship with the Senate and its sense of purpose.

“The Seventh Assembly, House of Representatives, can be generally assessed as substantially stable. There were no cases of internally generated crisis while all machinations of externally induced crises were stoutly resisted by members. It is evidence of the power of unity of purpose that with the gale of defections and counter-defections and the multiplicity of litigations, the House still maintained focus and came out stronger than ever.

“Again, the Seventh House enjoyed a very robust relationship of mutual respect and sense of common purpose with the Senate throughout this four year period. I take this opportunity to most highly commend President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator David Mark, for this show of leadership. I equally commend all distinguished senators of the Seventh Senate for the spirit of common purpose exhibited all through the years.”

National Mirror

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