by Azeez Adeniyi
The Senate on Thursday said it welcomes moves by President Muhammadu Buhari to end the face-off between the executive and the legislature.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi disclosed this in a chat with journalists on Thursday.
The President during the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday had set up a committee to settle the rift between the two arms of government.
He had named Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as chairman of the committee.
While speaking on the move, Abdullahi said, “We have heard about the initiative by President Muhammadu Buhari in setting up a Presidential Committee on Executive-Legislature Relations to be headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
“It is a good step in the right direction. The Senate, in particular, and the National Assembly in general, is ready to cooperate with the group and work with them to resolve all grey areas standing on the way of the smooth working relationship needed to deepen our fledgling democracy and ensure good governance for the benefits of Nigerians.”
He added that the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should not be seen as the cause of the rift.
He said, “On the RECs, all the Senate said was that if we have passed some resolutions and they were rubbished, why are we passing another? The Senate simply asked the President of the Senate to liaise with the President of the country to know what had happened to the passed resolution.”