The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, told the National Assembly that President Muhammadu Buhari assented to bills sent to him based on merit irrespective of where they emanated from.
Osinbajo made the remark in Abuja at a public lecture to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the National Assembly Legislative Digest, a magazine published to create awareness on parliamentary practices.
The theme of the event was: “Strengthening Legislative Bureaucracy: The Dangers of Divided Loyalty.”
Osinbajo, who commended the lawmakers on the number of bills passed so far, assured that the executive would continue to work hand-in-hand with the legislature.
He was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang.
“We want to say to National Assembly in general that Mr President commends you for the number of bills that comes out of the National Assembly.
“We want to say that it doesn’t matter to us whether the bill is executive bill or member-sponsored bill.
“President Muhammadu Buhari considers the bill on its merit and assents to it if he feels such or declines assent giving good and cogent reason.
“So, the president does not discriminate or look at any bill coming from the National Assembly if it was a member bill or executive bill. He treats them as bills passed by the legislature,” he said.