I Personally Told Saraki And Dogara That They Are Not Hurting Me, But Nigeria- Buhari

Buhari says holding the nation to ransom cannot be justified.

The president rates National Assembly low on patriotism.

President Muhammadu Buhari has rated the leadership of the 8th National Assembly very low on patriotism.

This is an indirect jab at Senate President Bukola Saraki and Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, whose relationship with the president was not cordial.

Speaking in a special Television interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), President Buhari, who noted that because the National Assembly stayed seven months without passing the 2018 budget, a wrong culture was developed in the National Assembly, suggesting that they (the Legislators) dictate the terms.

According to the president, the parliamentarians acted like they were the government of the day, by so doing holding the nation to ransom.

Still on the National Assembly, Buhari noted that such was wrong and it is the Executive who dictates the terms, take it before the Legislature that will examine it and agree or disagree with it.

“But when they go around posing that they are the government and not the Executive then that is a problem”.

He, therefore stated that he had spoke with the leadership of the National Assembly to ensure that they put aside their own interests for the good of the nation.

“I personally spoke to the Senate President, Saraki and the Leader of the House, Dogara, they could not deny it, I asked them how do they feel to hold the country to ransom for seven months without passing a budget?

“I told them that personally, they are not hurting me, they are hurting the country. So really, in terms of patriotism, I think I rated them very, very low indeed”.

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