With the emergence of Ahmed Lawal and Femi Gbajabiamila as senate president and speaker House of Representatives, respectively, APC has learnt a lesson and has put its house in order. During the election of 8th assembly, the preferred candidates of the APC were edged out and after Saraki emerged Buhari said he would work with any senate president. The Saraki Gestapo style and revolt against his party had helped him to become the senate president. The Saraki’s 8th senate has been accused for working against the interest of Buhari government and by extension the country.
From how the 9th National Assembly emerged, it will be different from the preceeding ones. While the 8th assembly had resisted any influence from the power that be, the present one is the product of planning, choice and endorsement. If President Buhari could blame the last assembly for some of his failures and inability to implement policies for the betterment of Nigerians, the 9th assembly which emerged with his consent should change this narative. The national chairman of APC, Adam Oshiomhole, has stated after the assembly election that there would be no excuses for the APC not to perform. From this statement, Nigerians should expect democracy dividends.
The inauguration of 9th assembly has never come at a right time than now. The country is bleeding profusely due to the alarming rate of insecurity. The menace of Boko Haram, kidnapping and banditry have become matter of great concern. The new leadership of the 9th assembly should come up with laws that would address these problems squarely. The 8th national assembly has proved to be notoriety in budget padding and extortion from MDA’s during over sight function. The 9th assembly should stop these obnoxious practices. The high rate of poverty and unemployment are some of the national burning issues that require prompt actions. The 9th assembly should as matter of urgency come up with new laws that would nip in the bud these frightening problems.
Pambegua, Kaduna state.