A civil society organisation, the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations on Good Governance, has called on Nigerians to lend their support to the newly elected leadership of the National Assembly under the care of Senate President Abubakar Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Mr Zeb Obioma Ijewa, the group’s National Secretary, who made the call on Monday at a press conference held in Abuja, said the support of Nigerians became necessary in view of the crisis that trailed the emergence of Saraki and Dogara.
“We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to lend their support to the current leadership in the National Assembly in the best interest of democracy and the nation,” Ijewa said.
The coalition also advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to be discouraged by the current disagreement at the upper and lower chambers of the assembly.
“President Buhari should be focused and steadfast in his big dreams for the country.
“He must live up to his words by staying far away from the affairs of the National Assembly so as to further consolidate on his goodwill and promises to Nigerians,” he added.
The group further took a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over its interference in the process of electing the National Assembly leadership.
It observed that, despite the assertive promise from Buhari not to interfere with the autonomy of the assembly, the APC had continued to undermine the President’s position on the exercise.
“Despite those assuring statements from President Muhammadu Buhari, both the Nigerian people and our body polity have been thrown into the disturbing rumbles at the National Assembly.
“None of the chambers has been spared this brazen, selfish and unwarranted meddling from outside – even by the same ruling party whose members clearly won as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives,” the group said.
The conduct of the APC leadership, it said, was tantamount to insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.