President Muhammadu Buhari has warned his Ministers, heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, MDAs, and other Chief Executives in the executive arm of government to desist from disrespecting the National Assembly, stressing that such will henceforth not be tolerated.
He issued the warning when he met with the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
A statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity)
on the outcome of the meeting said in full:
President Muhammadu Buhari received in audience the distinguished Senate President Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan and Rt. Honorable Speaker of the House of Representatives Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila at the State House, Aso Villa.
The meeting, which lasted for almost an hour, was characterized by an engaging discussion on a range of key issues of National importance particularly the role of the Legislature as a critical component in supporting their common goal and commitment towards improving the lives of the people of Nigeria.
In the course of their conversation, recent events at the National Assembly were highlighted and the President reemphasized his utmost respect for the National Assembly, adding that any disrespect to the institution by any member of the executive branch will not be accepted.
Ministers and all heads of Departments and Agencies should at all times conduct themselves in ways that will not undermine the National Assembly as an institution, its leadership and members.
The President and the leaders of the National Assembly recognized and acknowledged that the Executive and Legislative arms of government are essential partners in the fulfillment of their mutually aligned goal of improving the lives of the Nigerian people.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)