The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) warned critics to stop blackmailing the Nigerian legislature.
According to the human rights group, harmony between the legislative and the executive can only translate into progress for the nation.
It was in response to the comment by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who said yesterday that he had not been elected to fight the executive.
Gbajabiamila made this statement during the 2019 Gbaja base empowerment program.
The President reacted to insinuations and criticisms of the National Assembly (NASS) that some critics described as a rubber stamp institution under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gbajabiamila stressed that NASS is irrevocably committed to protecting the interests of the Nigerian people by diligently discharging its legislative obligations.
MURIC’s warning was contained in a statement signed and published on Monday by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The statement reads as follows: “We fully subscribe to President Gbajabiamila’s comment. We applaud him for making such a bold statement. The harmony between the legislative and the executive can only translate into progress for the nation.
“We prefer cooperation between the legislature and the executive over hostility and inconsistency. What have Nigerian citizens gained from the endless confrontation that characterized the 8th Senate? He was entirely sarakitized to the detriment of taxpayers.
“Senators from 8th NASS abandoned their main assignments and spent most of the time following the Speaker of the Senate at hearings. Legislators have become unrepentant offenders, established comedians and professional tree climbers.
“The opportunistic heirs among them have shown a shameless ability to pass Michael Jackson and jump out the window when the exam supervisors approach.”
“Fortunately, the Nigerians have not been deceived. The group of deceptive lawmakers was sent out to thrill by the electorate.
“It is therefore not surprising that some criminals, unscrupulous and unscrupulous Nigerians now make it their daily pastime to accuse the distinguished senators of today of being rubber stamps of the executive.
“Talk about the pot that calls the black kettle. It’s cheap blackmail. We know who is behind this dirty game. We also know their purpose. They faced the executive in their time because they knew that the war on corruption would catch up with them because they had skeletons in their closets. Their intention was to overthrow the government, but they failed.
“MURIC urges the 9th Senate to ignore critics and howlers. We call on current senators to continue along the same path of full cooperation with the executive.
“They should not allow anyone to drag them into a confrontation. We voted them within the NASS to facilitate the legislative process and to promote good governance, and not to constitute blockages in the wheel of progress for the executive or warning signs of pain and distress for the citizens.
“In comparison, the leadership of the 8th Senate was an agent of darkness while the leadership of the 9th Senate was an agent of light. Darkness and light cannot stay together.
“The leadership of the 8th Senate plunged this country into obscurity for four good years. The two senates are simply incompatible. One delayed the budget by seven months while the other brought the country back to the old budget cycle from January to December by carefully and meticulously examining the budget and passing it without undue delay.
“Our message to current senators is as follows: distinguished senators from the 9th Senate, you are the light of age. Continue to lighten our great nation by ensuring harmony between you and the executive. Posterity will not forget your positive role in the growth and development of our country, Nigeria.
“As we take a break, we warn the fifth columnists, critics and howlers to stop blackmailing the 9th NASS. We instruct current legislators to ignore detractors and to confront legislative affairs and the promotion of good governance squarely. The difference between the 8th and 9th NASS is like the difference between night and day. It’s dawn in Nigeria. “