We are a people so easily swayed by partisanship and sentiments, irrespective of our educational status, that we find it incomprehensible to gauge right and wrong values.
I still remember the unquantifiable insults hurled at former Senate President Saraki and former Speaker Dogara for their roles in divorcing the Legislature from the unhealthy marriage with the Executive. Starting from their elections and conduct of House activities, they exuded utter independence.
Now, that is how it should be. You don’t need to have elementary knowledge of Social Studies, Government, Political Science or Constitutional Law before you’d understand that the Legislature exists to ‘really fight’ the Executive before they can reach a middle ground for national interest. That is what checks and balances mean. The American Congress, The British Parliament and the Israeli Knesset are Legislatures of ‘constant fights’ and they are great nation. The Legislature should have a coordinate and not subordinate relationship with the Executive.
The country is not a personal fiefdom of the Executive, and so the Executive and her ignorant supporters should stop the mischief of wanting a rubber stamp Legislature. Unfortunately, current Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has promised us all that there is NOTHING that President Buhari will not get if it is sent to the Senate for approval.
Fellow Nigerians, President Buhari will have no problem in securing third term. The President of the Senate promised to give speedy approval to anything Buhari wants. This may be one huge reason the ousting of Bukola Saraki (and the independent voice called DINO) was celebrated from the other camp. Saraki has left with the stamp of independence of the Senate! We are in this country together…
By Barrister Franc Utoo