Face-off: We’re ready for dialogue with Presidency – Senate

The Senate on Thursday said the peace initiative by President Muhammadu Buhari in respect of a standoff between it and the presidency was a welcome development.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in a statement said the Senate will cooperate with the committee set up by the President to broker peace between the two warring arms.

Entitled “The Executive Peace Initiative is a Welcome Development” Abdullahi said that the Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general, is ready to co-operate with members of the committee to work and resolve grey areas standing on the way of smooth working relationship between the two arms of government.

It read in part: “We have heard about the initiative by President Muhammadu Buhari in setting up a Presidential Committee on Executive-Legislature Relations to be headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“This initiative is a welcome development. It is a good step in the right direction. The Senate, in particular, and the National Assembly, in general, is ready to co-operate with the group and work with them to resolve all grey areas standing on way of the smooth working relationship needed to deepen our fledgling democracy and ensure good governance for the benefits of Nigerians.”

Throwing more light on their understanding of the peace initiative, Abdullahi noted that since a committee had been set up it meant there were some grey areas between the Executive and Legislature hindering cordial relationship between the two arms.

On Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, Abdullah said that before the Magu issue, the Senate has always worked in the best interest of the country.

He said: “We have worked to support Mr. President. From what I have seen as somebody speaking for this institution, whatever we do, we put the interest of the country first. There was no personal thing about Magu and the decision we took. Other members of the commission sent to us were screened and confirmed. Senators are just doing their job. There was nothing personal about Magu. Nobody should be happy that presidential aides are quick to abuse senators.”

SOURCE: African Spotlight