Buhari Meets Again With Saraki; Governance Just Kick-Starting By Makinde Smith
Several statements have vehemently proclaimed that Buhari will never recognise Saraki as Senate President. Some expressed he will never hurt Tinubu (his greatest benefactor ever) by embracing Saraki, while others even insinuated that Senator Lawan isn’t anyone’s preferred consensus but Buhari’s personal candidate. How truthful are all of these hypotheses when Buhari himself has been playing a highly intellectual game among all persons that lent him a token of support to the Presidency and earlier said that the election of the National Assembly was democratic?
The most hilarious thing is how people expected the President to throw up a celebration feast for Saraki in the Aso Rock, all he cares to show his overwhelming acceptance of his person and his victory as the leader of the 8th National Assembly. It is so funny as that they expected the President address the nation on this regard. He just had to declare his stand to the public. After all, this’s a burning matter of his party, and the party is worth shutting down the nation for… those are the kind of expectations people are carrying around. I laugh in Korean language J
Be that as it may, whenever I recall what and what transpired on the floor of the red chamber on 9th of June 2015, I feel ashamed of APC as an unorganised party. Well, that alone might not be sufficient to justify my judgement, but each time I see how the party has subsequently been taken to disrepute by some party lords setting dangerous daggers toward another, looking for every possible and impossible means to shut down the National Assembly, I consider myself right, to a larger extent.
In anyway, the only person that can redeem the image is no one than Mr. President. To me, he’s the real leader. He’s the centre-glory that unites the party. I must even say he has the responsibility of putting the party back in order before its goodwill is finally buried. Not that alone, the factual complain that the government is still not in a good shape, over four months, is also a serious concern that the President must honestly concentrate, and perhaps that has just commenced with the submission of #TheList.
However, contrary to some massive media-dictated perceptions, I’ve said it to many people that when it’s the right time for the duo of Buhari and Saraki to meet, surely they will, and nothing will prevent that. The recent Independence Day celebration at the Aso Rock would not be enough to substantiate this view, but the last-night meeting of the President with the leadership of the National Assembly, with Mr. Saraki as the team head, indisputably does. To be candid in fact, governance is just about to take off. The Ministerial list before the Senate is a well-enough-reason for the President to call for that August meeting. Obviously, there must be a cordial understanding and harmony between the Executive and the Legislative body for things to work out efficiently. Well, let me just say: it’s honourable you appear only when you’re needed.
I’m no way insinuating that Saraki or the whole of the NASS leadership was called to be lobbied, No! Get my point clear, please. I’m only saying that proper and progressive democracy is just visiting the Change government.
God bless Nigeria!
Makinde Smith writes from Lagos…