‘If the National Assembly is in tatters, then democracy is gone’
By Tajudeen Hamzat
Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan has commended Senate President Bukola Saraki for standing up for democracy in the country through his provision of robust leadership to the nation’s legislature.
The former Nigerian President was speaking when the Senate President called on him at his office in Maitama, Abuja to brief him formally about his return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He said: “Senate President, let me use this opportunity to commend your leadership abilities. Looking at what is happening in the country, if not for your strong leadership, probably the National Assembly would have been in chaos and if the National Assembly is in tatters, then of course, democracy is gone.
“I am quite pleased with the kind of relationship you have with the House of Representatives members and how you have been able to hold the National Assembly together because on the day that the parliament was invaded, though the target was the Senate, the House of Representatives members were as active as, if not more active than, the Senators and that cannot happen by chance.
“What we know is that if there is an assault on the Senate. Then it is also seen as an assault on the House of Representatives. If they (House of Representatives members) don’t believe in you, I don’t think some of them would have taken that kind of risk. That commitment shows that they believe in your leadership.”