Contrary to beliefs in some quarters, the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the Legislature and the Executive were not rivals but partners in progress.
Dogara said this when he received in audience the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),Boss Mustapha, in his office on Monday in Abuja.
The speaker , who described the appointment of Mustapha as “a round peg in a round hole, or a square peg in a square hole”, stated that the President “hit the nail on the head”.
“We want to reassure you of our desire to work with the Executive in order to see that we deliver the goods for the people.
“As a matter of fact, for us, there is really is no distinction in government, it’s just ignorant people who tend to make these distinctions.
“If the Executive fails, there’s no way the Legislature would be exonerated, we are all guilty,” he said.
The SGF thanked the leadership of the House of Representatives for standing with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I bring you the warm greetings of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to also extend his thanks to your leadership in the House of Representatives for the level of progress that has been achieved thus far in the area of the primary responsibility.”
Mustapha maintained that the National Assembly was not competing with the Executives, but they are “joint owners of this enterprise”.