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Address your policy misgivings through democratic means says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has adviced Nigerians who have misgivings on some pieces of legislation to engage the process in line with democratic practices.

President Buhari made call in Abuja on Monday while declaring open a two-day Joint Executive – Legislative Leadership Retreat held at State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa.

Speaking at the retreat, the President charged the populace to be patient with government and advised that whenever there’s any legislation they have misgivings about, “they should engage the process for such laws in line with democratic processes.”

“Let me also remind our fellow patriots, countrymen and women, that the process of law-making and governance are dynamic and ever evolving. I will seek their indulgence to be patient with any legislation or law which they have certain misgivings about, and engage the process for reviewing such laws in line with democratic practices.

“Our interest is sincere promotion of our collective will and aspiration to build a nation where justice, peace, and progress are the norm,” he said.

Buhari, who appreciated members of the ninth National Assembly for understanding, support and quick response to policy directions of the government, called for more synergy to consolidate on the gains recorded, particularly the ongoing effort to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.

He said the collaboration enjoyed from the leadership of the National Assembly had made it easier for the government to set and realize development goals, and respond to changes in the economy faster like the Coronavirus pandemic that necessitated review of the 2020 budget.

According to the President, some of the gains recorded from working together also include: accelerated passage of the 2020 Budget and its review in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, timely confirmation of nominees, and passage of critical legislations by the National Assembly.

The President, who told the lawmakers that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had already streamlined its priorities to nine areas of development, and ministers had been mandated to align their targets with the bigger picture of making life better for all Nigerians, urged the legislature to align its priorities as well.


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