Bukola Saraki, the Senate president said the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly resolved to work amicably for the growth of the country.
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting with State House correspondents on Wednesday evening, October 7, Saraki said they talked about how to fulfill the promises they made to Nigerians during their election campaign, Punch reports.
This is the first official meeting President Buhari would be holding with the National Assembly leadership since Saraki was elected as the Senate president on June 9.
According to the Senate president, Buhari initiated the meeting to interact with the leadership of the NASS.
He said: “It was a very useful session, being the first one. This kind of interaction helps in ensuring smooth relationship between the two arms of government.
“We discussed a number of issues: some of the plans. The general commitment is that yes, the National Assembly has legislators from different parties but now we are representing Nigeria. We have a common goal to see that we work together for the interest of the country as a whole.”
When asked if the issue of his ongoing trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets was discussed during the meeting, he replied that the meeting was focused on what will make Nigeria work and ensure that there are no distractions in fulfilling their election campaign promises.
The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and the deputy minority whip in the House were absent at the meeting.
According to Saraki, they were both attending a conference outside the country.
The Senate president said the NASS was committed to working harmoniously with all arms of government for the good of the Nigerian people.
He therefore urged Nigerians to be confident that the present administration would work in their interest.
The election of Senator Saraki as the Senate president and Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the House of Representatives three months ago was trailed by controversy as they were both not the choice of their party, the All Progressives Congress.
Some believe that Saraki’s trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal was a ploy by his political enemies who want him out of the Senate president position. Some people have been calling on him to resign following his trial.
However, the Christian Association of Nigeria said it was wrong to call for Saraki’s resignation. The association noted that voters were aware that some politicians were corrupt before voting for them into various positions of authority and therefore warned against the sacking of those elected to serve the people.