President Muhammadu Buhari says he had a frosty relationship with the outgoing 8th national assembly under the leadership of Senate president Bukola Saraki and speaker Yakubu Dogara.
The president made the disclosure on Tuesday while breaking Ramadan fast with leaders of the national assembly.
He said he hoped for a better working relationship between the two arms of government in the 9th National Assembly.
“Relations between the Executive and the Legislature were not the best in the 8th National Assembly. I sincerely hope each one of us will do his utmost to ensure there is a better working relationship between these two arms of government in the 9th Assembly so that we can serve the people better,” Mr Buhari said.
The president said the nation deserved better than it got, arguing that the principal task of the National Assembly “is to cooperate with the Executive so that together we can fashion out policies that will lift our people out of poverty and out of illiteracy.
“I appeal to the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members to subordinate all personal interests and ambitions to the imperative of working for the common good of our people.”
Recall that Saraki and Dogara dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the run-up to the last general elections. While Saraki lost his bid to return to the Senate, Dogara won his election.
The president was also greeted with boos and jeers by some members of the national assembly during his budget presentation in 2018.
Among those in attendance were Senate President Bukola Saraki; Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president; Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives; and Ahmad Lawan, majority leader of the Senate.