Senate President Bukola Saraki Tells Buhari: There Is Hardship In The Land. We Can See It And We Can Feel It.
The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that there is suffering and hardship in the country.
Saraki made his thoughts known to the president while he presented the 2017 Appropriation Bill to the Joint Session of the National Assembly, in Abuja, on Wednesday, December 14.
Dr. Saraki stressed the neccesity of the administration to bring back faith in Nigerians who put their lives in the hands of those currently in government.
The senate President said:
“Mr. President, the feedback we get from our visits to our constituencies is that there is hardship in the land.
“We can see it. We can feel it. This recession therefore commands all of us as government to greater essence of urgency.
Saraki Tells Buhari To Walk The Talk
“We cannot work magic, we must continue to work the talk clock.
“Our people must see that the singular preoccupation of government is to search for solution for the current economic hardship and the commitment to ease their burden.
They don’t want to know what political party you belong or the language you speak or the God you worship.
“They have trusted their fate in our hands and they need us now more than ever before to justify that trust they have imposed on us.
“The people of Nigeria will pardon us if we do something wrong but they will not forgive us if we do nothing.
“And that is why Mr. President with the two chambers have taken their position, whatever may be our differences, our opinion on the issues of the economy, we will work with one common purpose for this reason.
“I wish to reassure the President that the National Assembly will continue to seek opportunities to deepen this relationship.
Saraki Tells Buhari Nigerians Are Suffering
“Because we are convinced that it is only by working together closely that our country can make the progress that we desire.
“It is in times like this, when we are challenged from all sides, that we need to develop new friendship, new relationships and cultivates more friends.
“No one can clap with one and expect to be heard. This is the time when compromise, engagement is too necessary for successful collaboration and corporation.”
The Senate president concluded his speech by saying:
“We assure you Mr. President and all Nigerians that not even a single minute will waste on our side in ensuring that we get the budget approved.
“It is therefore critical that we mainstream private business and investment economy. To achieve this we must make it much easier and efficient for people to invest and do business in our country.”
“With this few words, I hereby invite your Excellency to deliver your speech and lay the 2017 budget proposal for the consideration of the National Assembly in accordance of section 81 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
According to the President of the Senate, the NASS has listed 11 Economic Reform Bills that would be passed by the federal legislature along the 2017 Appropriation Bill.
Watch the video of the budget presentation of Presdident Buhari at the National Assembly today: