The excellent working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature has been credited by President Muhammadu Buhari with contributing to the enormous success his administration has had in building vital infrastructure over the past eight years.
In recent days, the president has formally opened several legacy projects across the nation.
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in Abuja inaugurated its permanent location on Thursday, and President Buhari referred to it as the “cornerstone of any democracy.”
He said: “I have traversed all parts of Nigeria in the last few days commissioning several critical national infrastructures that our administration has completed over the past eight years.
”Our successes as a government are primarily due to the harmonious relationship between the Executive and Legislature.
”The legislature is the cornerstone of any democracy and is vital to ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of all Nigerians are considered during the law-making process.”
He added: “From the moment of my election in 2015 and subsequently, I supported the idea of an independent National Assembly, one that is able to decide its leadership and develop its agenda in line with the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I refrained from meddling in the affairs of the legislature and promoted instead a culture of mutual respect and collaboration between the two Arms.
“Our achievements in reforming the oil and gas sector, strengthening the electoral framework, diversifying our economy, improving transparency and accountability, tackling insecurity and entrenching good governance are easily verifiable.
”This 9th Assembly will be remembered as one of the most productive in terms of outputs and outcomes,” he further stated.
Buhari noted that Nigeria was immensely endowed in many ways, saying “Our single greatest asset is the people of this country.
”Our teeming youth population provides the labour force we need to industrialise and develop our economy.
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