Mixed Reactions Trail Buhari’s Comment On Saraki And Dogara Over ‘Patriotism’

A cross-sections of Nigerians have greeted a comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari that he rates Senate President Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, “very very low” on patriotism.

Source: PMnews

Buhari, while speaking, on Monday night, during a videotaped interview broadcast on Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, said he had conveyed his reservation directly to the legislative leaders while assenting the bill on Monday morning.
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After the Special Interview, Nigerians took to Twitter, to air their divergent opinions President Buhari’s statement about Saraki and Dogara.

President Buhari said during the “Special Interview” that the National Assembly, led by Saraki and Dogara held Nigeria to ransom for seven months without passing the budget.

“I told Saraki and Dogara that by holding the budget for 7 months, you’re not hurting me, you’re hurting Nigerians? In terms of patriotism, I rate them very very low,”Buhari said on Monday night in a Special Interview monitored.

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The president said the national assembly wanted to show they were the government and not the executive, and he made his displeasure known about their conduct.

When asked to comment on the delayed budget passage, president Buhari said, “I think a culture was developed in the National Assembly that they should dictate the terms, which was wrong. It is the executive that dictates the terms and takes it before the legislature. It (the legislature) will examine it and agree or disagree with it.

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“But when they go around posing that they are the government and not the executive, then that’s the problem. I felt and I spoke personally to the Senate President, Saraki, and the leader of the House, Dogara. They could not deny it.

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“I asked them how they felt to hold the country at ransom for seven months without passing a budget. Unfortunately, they were not hurting me; they were hurting the country. So, really, in terms of patriotism, I think I rated them very low indeed.”

The President noted that constitutionally, he could not help that there were things that had to go through the legislature.