Ahead of the ministerial screening expected to resume at the Senate on Tuesday, the Presidency has massaged the egos of Nigeria’s Senators.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, on Monday, described the performance of the Senate thus far, in glowing words.
Senator Enang lauded the maturity, candour and intellect of the Senators, in the ministerial screening, thus far.
So flattering was the description of the Senate by Senator Enang, that he couldn’t utter the appropriate words to describe the intelligent Senate.
“They (senators) are within their constitutional right to regulate their own proceedings. The constitution authorises the Senate and the House of Representatives and every legislative House to regulate its own proceedings, including managing matters that are brought before them.
“Therefore, what the Senate did was domestic to the Senate and I am not in a position to speak about it, but they are within their constitutional right. What they did was domestic and internal and it was within their powers. So, I am not in a position to speak one way or the other about it.”
“They have shown in the handling of the matter on the floor of the Senate, their personal interaction, the reception of the senators in the course of the consultation even outside the floor of the Senate.
“They have shown the candour and the real characteristic nature of a matured Senate. I want to thank them in words that I cannot describe, in words that I cannot really utter.
“We are very grateful to them and we are confident that the few that are remaining we will be able in not distant future, to conclude it and then get done with it.
“I want to really appreciate them because Nigerians thought that the process will be very tumultuous, the process will be very rancorous.
“Some people thought that the questions to the nominees will be very personal and attacking but the senators, in the course of their questions, showed their intellect, their candour, their appreciation of national issues.
“They addressed the issues that relate to governance and international perspective to the quality of candidates.
“I also want to appreciate the candidates who have appeared so far for the matured way they answered all the questions put to them. I think they are what Nigerians are waiting for and a good team of Mr. President.”