By Danladi Al-Hassan
President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives performed “very very low” in leading the affairs of the eighth National Assembly.
President Buhari, in a live interview with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Monday night, said the National Assembly, under the leadership of Saraki and Dogara failed to pass the budget in seven months, even with his intervention.
“I told Saraki and Dogara that by holding the budget for 7 months, you’re not hurting me, you’re hurting Nigerians? In terms of patriotism, I rate them very very low,” Buhari said.
The President said the Legislature wanted to show they should lead the government and not the Executive, and he made his displeasure known about their conduct.
Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly have had a long run of disagreement from one issue to the other.
Buhari stated that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had preferred candidates for the leadership of the eighth National Assembly.
Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, the preferred candidates were defeated by Saraki and Dogara respectively, both were then members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
By 2016, the Assembly was rocked by a budget padding scandal, which pitched the executive against the legislative arm of government.
Also, in 2017, the Senate in 2017 stopped the screening of Buhari’s appointee, following the president’s refusal to sign some bills of the national assembly into law, and the refusal to sack Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).