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Jonathan solicits N’Assembly’s support

By Daniel Idonor
ACTING President Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday, solicited the support of the National Assembly in the march towards a better Nigeria under the new political dispensation.

Jonathan argued that though there are daunting challenges ahead, the government was determined to ensure that the nation surmounts these challenges.

He stated this when he received members of the Senate leadership led by Senate President, Senator David Mark, at his official residence in Aguda House, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Ag. President thanked the lawmakers for their courage in moving the nation forward in spite of the heated debate occasioned by the President’s absence, while assuring them of a harmonious working relationship.

According to him, the business of governance is collective and all arms of government should work together in the interest of the nation within the ambit of the doctrine of separation of powers.

The Ag. President also told the senators to expect executive correspondence shortly, while he urged all Nigerians not to relent in praying for the quick recovery of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Earlier, Senator Mark had congratulated Ag. President Jonathan on behalf of the Senate and pledged the cooperation of the Upper Chamber for him.

“The Senate leadership is here to congratulate you and to let you know that we are ready to receive correspondence from you.

Senate pledges robust support

“We are very willing and prepared to work with you. We look forward to the first letter from you and I expect a loud ovation when your first letter comes to the Senate,” he said.

Mark prayed God to give Ag. President Jonathan the courage and wisdom to lead the country aright, adding that “we will join you to continue to pray for quick recovery for President Yar’Adua.”

Mark was accompanied by his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Mahmud Kanti-Bello and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Maina Maaji Lawan.

Others are the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora; Minority Whip, Senator Ahmed Yerima; Deputy Majority Whip, Senator Mohammed Mana, and Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya.

…Reps too

Also, yesterday, Jonathan received principal officers of the House of Representatives led by Speaker Dimeji Bankole, during a solidarity visit, with a call for harmonious relationship among the three arms of government.

He said the doctrine of separation of powers does not mean that the arms of government should operate in isolation of one another.

According to him, “though the political scientists are talking about separation of powers they cannot really separate the Executive from the parliament even in the presidential system of government.

“My advice is that we should work together for good governance and deliver democratic dividends to Nigerians,” he said.

In his remarks, Speaker Bankole said they were in the Villa to register their solidarity to the Ag. President and to declare their total support for the resolution of the National Assembly.

He assured that “the House of Representatives is going to work with the Ag. President to ensure that the promises made to Nigerians to deliver the dividends of democracy are executed.”


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