Senate President tells Buhari to involve non-APC members in government

Saraki made the call on Thursday, June 9, 2016, while commemorating his first year in office and the one year anniversary of the 8th Senate.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki visits President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on December 3, 2015

“We are confident that one year after, the President must by now have better clarity on the capacity of his appointees. The Senate would not hesitate to hold any appointee accountable for the work he has accepted to do,” he said according to Vanguard.

“We would like to seek Mr President’s support and co-operation to enable us discharge this oversight task. We have failed to take the necessary steps in policy and legislation that would set us on the path to developing the kind of economy we desire.

“These are serious challenges that require all hands to be on deck. There is no other time in our history than now, when the business of government needs to be conducted with great inclusiveness.

“We must find a way to bring the best brains in our country on board wherever they may be found. Even those who did not vote for us but believe in the change that we all believe is necessary to move our country forward should be given a seat at the table.

“If we are able to mobilize the best human resources that God has bountifully blessed our country with, I have no doubt that with God on our side, we shall overcome.

“We note the Federal Government’s plan to invest N500 billion in social protection programmes in the current budget. We want to urge the government to ensure that appropriate mechanism is devised to ensure that the benefits of these programmes get to those who are genuinely in need,” he added.

Saraki emerged Senate President on June 9, 2015, despite being excluded from contesting by the APC.

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