The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, when addressing a group, Women Parliamentarians, led by Sen. Joy Emordi in Abuja on Friday described insinuations that he is a rubber stamp to the Executive as “sentimental and laughable”.
He noted that his belief in President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision and that of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not be misconstrued as not independent-minded.
“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, he said.
“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 PDP 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 have mutual respect, collaboration and partnership. It is achievable.
“We came here with a lot of experiences to impact positively in our country. We are here and we will remain focus to make this government work.”
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