This came on the heels of streams of heated clashes that recently broke out between some lawmakers and presidential appointees, including ministers and heads of Federal Government agencies.
Speaking on Monday after President Buhari inaugurated the Executive, Legislative Party Consultative Council at the Presidential Villa, Lawan said: “Coming to your second-leg of the question that recently we had some appointees on the executive side walking out or maybe saying things, I believe that that should be the end of it; we believe that we should work together,” the lawmaker stated.
He added, “For us in the National Assembly, I think what has happened has happened and I pray that nobody goes to the National Assembly to do the kind of things that some people did before because that will be disrespecting the President and, of course, abuse of the National Assembly and we are not going to tolerate that.”
According to him, even the President made it very clear that he will not accept or tolerate any of his appointees doing things that are not respectable and have no dignity to the National Assembly.
He stressed the need for political officers to ensure the Council produces the desired results and outcomes, that would make Nigeria better in terms of governance.
Meeting Nigerians’ Expectations
In his remarks at the inauguration which held earlier as the Council Chamber of the Villa, the Senate President described the event as historic for the APC administration.
He noted that the legislature, executive, and the ruling party have seen the need to bring everybody on board for thorough consultations before major issues were tabled before the citizens of the country.
Senator Lawan explained that the purpose of the inauguration of the Council was to improve the quality of governance and service delivery to Nigerians.
“We have promised Nigerians and Nigerians voted for the All Progressives Congress at all the levels, so it is incumbent upon us at all levels and as a party to ensure we meet the expectations and aspirations of Nigerians.
“Just like Mr President expressed, we believe that the constitution rightly provides for the separation of powers and we believe in that,” he said.
The lawmaker added, “The legislature will always on its own ensure we oversight and we check possible excesses of the executive arm of government.”
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari lamented about the state of the APC, declaring that despite the party’s dominance at levels of government, too much of bitter and unnecessary squabbles are threatening its survival.
The president said the situation had cost the governing party governorship and legislative seats during elections.
According to him, the meeting was called to avert future occurence of events that could potentially threaten the fortunes of the party.
His words: “But we must admit to ourselves that our party has been too often embroiled in bitter, and on occasions, totally unnecessary squabbles, causing us (to lose) seats in the legislative and gubernatorial elections.
“This never should have happened; we are here to make sure such occurrences never happen again.
“We must now ensure regular consultations between the party and the government.
“I am a firm believer in the doctrine of Separation of Powers, which is fundamental to our constitutional democracy, but our practice should be harmonious checks and balances, devoid of bitterness and petty rivalry.”