- The senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, says President Buhari has not done anything to make the legislature call him to question
- Enang describes the relationship between the president and the Senate president as perfect, very cordial, personal and official
- The presidential aide says Buhari set up a reconciliation committee last week to settle any semblance of disagreement between the legislature and executive
The presidency has said that there was no tension between the legislature and the executive, and has described their relationship as cordial.
The senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, made the statement on Thursday, April 6, in an address to journalists.
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Enang said in all the issues that had arisen lately, the legislature raised no question against Buhari's action.
The presidential aide said the president had not done anything to make the legislature call him to question, Daily Trust reports.
He stated: "I am here to confirm to you that the relationship between the executive and the legislature is very cordial, constitutional, and in all manners, usual. The relationship between the president and the Senate president is perfect and very cordial, personal and official.
"You have seen at many times the President of the Senate and even the Speaker of the House of Representatives coming to have personal interactions and briefing the President of the affairs of the legislature and other functions of the state."
According to Enang, Nigerians should only be worried when both arms related without raising questions.
"That is why we have separation of powers. Each of them should check each other. When these checks arise, that is when the public feels there is tension. There is absolutely no tension," he stressed.
On why Buhari set up a reconciliation committee last week following reported fracas with the Senate, Enang said the president did that because he felt that if there was any semblance of disagreement, it should be addressed.
The aide described the reconciliation committee set up by Buhari as a welcomed development, noting that it was a as a sign that that this government is very responsive.
"It appears that because of some incidences on the screening of some nominees, people think there are tensions. But let me assure you that the was no tension.
“It is only that the constitution requires that when the President makes a nomination to the legislature, the legislature is to screen, consider and approve as thought fit. If the legislature has reason to have reservations, there is always consultation. It will make its opinion known to the executive by way of appropriate communication.
"Even if it appeared in the past that there were tensions, the actions of this week: the consultations between the President and the leaders of the National Assembly have doused all.
"The intervention of the National Working Committee of the APC led by the National chairman has again completely put the question of tension or discord at rest. That too has further brought down what it appeared to be tension," Enang said.
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