Senate President Godswill Akpabio asserted on Wednesday that Nigeria has achieved a milestone in 24 years that the United States took 185 years to accomplish.
He made this declaration during the 2024 budget presentation by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the joint session of lawmakers at the National Assembly.
Akpabio emphasized the strategic positions held by former senators in the executive, fostering a robust relationship between the two arms of government.
He noted that having ex-lawmakers in key executive roles ensures not only a necessary, but a symbiotic relationship, where they will collaborate closely.
“Mr. President, the United States of America has been practicing democracy for about 247 years.
But it was only at its 185th anniversary that it produced two former senators, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, as president and vice president respectively,” Akpabio remarked.
“In just 24 years of our democracy, we have achieved what took the United States 185 years to accomplish,” he added.
Akpabio highlighted the notable presence of former distinguished senators in pivotal positions, including the President and Vice President.
He listed key figures such as Senator George Akume as the Secretary to the Federal Government, Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the Chief of Staff to the President, and other senators in the Cabinet.
Akpabio underscored the importance of maintaining a harmonious relationship with the executive, emphasizing the wealth of connections and bridges between the two arms of government.
He pledged commitment to upholding the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances, ensuring they are observed in the public interest.
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