Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has appealed to incoming legislators to support his administration to ensure good governance, development and change.
General Buhari made the appeal in Abuja on Wednesday at the induction ceremony for new federal lawmakers.
He expressed commitment to working with the legislators, as development partners motivated by the desire to deliver good governance to Nigerians.
The President-elect is extending a hand of partnership to the National Assembly to enable him achieve a vision of making Nigeria great and a role model for Africa and other emerging economies.
During his campaign, several promises were made to Nigerians, top on the list was a commitment to fighting corruption and insecurity.
Nigerians are expecting so much from the Buhari administration that will assume office on May 29. He had asked for time, saying the change may not be immediate.
He would need the support of the National Assembly to actualise some of the promises through the translation of some of his promises into law.
But the relationship between the executive and the federal legislature has often been a rocky one, something that is seen in a recent standoff between both arms of government over the recent efforts to amend the 1999 constitution.
Channels Television’s correspondent, Linda Akhigbe, said the olive branch offered by the incoming president could serve as a departure from what has often been a frosty relationship between both arms of government.
Come May 29, General Buhari would assume office and the meeting with the lawmakers may put him on the right path to achieving his goals.
Not less than 65 per cent of the incoming legislator are new and inexperienced in legislative functions, a development that the National Institute for Legislative Studies described as dismal and a serious risk to Nigeria’s democracy and good governance.
The Director General of the institute, Dr Ladi Hamalai, said re-election of legislators dropped from the average 30 per cent in previous years to 16 per cent, contrary to what was obtainable in advanced countries with up to 80 per cent re-election rate.