Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, has called on the 8th National Assembly to be independent minded in their choice of leadership.
This admonition may not be unconnected with her wealth of experience as a lawmaker and as one who served two former Presidents as liaison officer and Special Adviser between the Executive and the Legislature- a period that witnessed positive and dynamic synergy between the two arms of government.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, Ita Giwa underscored the need for cordiality between the legislators, its leadership and the Executive in other to strengthen democracy and the rule of law.
She opined that, irrespective of the different political leanings of the lawmakers, they should ensure that they work together as an entity without undermining the dignity of the institution.
She added that the 8th National Assembly has to hit the ground running and do the right thing and avoid distractions and unnecessary altercations with the Executive arm in other to legislate excellently for the nation.
The statement reads in part:”I urge the 8th National Assembly that will be inaugurated in June to be independent minded. They should put the nation first ahead of their personal interests.
“This should be reflected in their choice of leadership. The upper and lower houses are symbols of pride and dignity. Nigerians look forward to them to make people oriented laws and to partner seamlessly with the Executive arm of government.
“Inasmuch as they are under obligation to provide checks and balances and carry out other functions, there should be cordial relationship between them.
“This is necessary for our democracy to thrive. I advise that in all they do, they should dignify the hallowed chambers and promote peaceful atmosphere, irrespective of their political differences.

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