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By Jacob Kubeka (ABUJA) –

Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, this afternoon hailed the election of a new Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, pledging his preparedness to work transparently with the 10th National Assembly, which was inaugurated in Abuja earlier in the morning.

In a congratulatory message personally signed by him, President Tinubu declared that with the inauguration of the National Assembly and successful election of its leadership, it was now time for both the Executive and Legislative arms of the government to face the business of serving the people.

“Now, let’s get on with the business of the people,” the President told the federal lawmakers.

Tinubu, who described the election of Senator Godswill Akpabio, Rt. Honourable Tajudeen Abbas as the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively for the 10th National Assembly, as “a good development,” also rejoiced with the new Deputy Senate President Jibril Barau and House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu for their well-deserved victories.

L-R: Newly elected Senate President Godswill Akpabio and Speaker Tajudeen Abbas

The President said in the rest of his congratulatory message:

“Being elected by their peers as presiding officers and assuming the leadership of the National Assembly is a great honour that comes with huge responsibility. I trust that you will justify the confidence reposed in you by your members and many Nigerians.

“I wish Senator Abdulaziz Yari, Honourable member Idris Wase and Honourable Aminu Jaji who enriched the process with their participation in the leadership election the best and a successful tenure in the 10th National Assembly. 

“I urge them to sustain the same level of enthusiasm they brought to the leadership contest in the discharge of their duties to their constituents and Nigeria.

“My congratulations to all members of the National Assembly, across party lines, who, today, enlisted into the service of the blessed people of our great country.

“We have all been called upon and accepted the responsibility to diligently and faithfully serve our fatherland with the oath we took. It is time to get on and move swiftly with the business of governance in the service of Nigeria.

“As your President, I am prepared to transparently work with the National Assembly. Nigerians expect distinguished Senators and Honourable members to make laws and carry out oversight duties that will enhance the performance of government to achieve successful outcomes including improving their quality of life.

“In the course of our work together, disagreements may occur. When we disagree it will not be out of malice, ill-will and quest to diminish the institution of National Assembly or any individual member.

“Our people across the length and breadth of our country expect so much from us. They want us to lift their economic burden. They want us eliminate insecurity so our farmers in rural communities can go to their farms and produce the food we eat.

“Our people look up to us to change the fortune of our country for good and remove all barriers that impede progress. All of these we can make happen with dedication and commitment. We can only achieve all the good things we promised during our campaigns when we work together in harmony but with respect for our respective prerogatives and in the best interest of our country.

“We cannot afford to waste this opportunity because Nigerians want us to make every day of the next four years count. Justifiably, our people want more from their government. They truly deserve progressive good governance that will improve their standards of living. We must give them our best.

“I will remain a partner in progress for peace, stability and prosperity of Nigeria. I count on the leadership of the 10th National Assembly and all members to work and walk with me on this governmental journey.

“Once again, I send my best wishes.”

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