President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday in Abuja, said that “cultivating neighbourliness” at an individual and national level will strengthen the values of democracy and accelerate the development process, saving the costs of delays and repairs.
Buhari, who received the leaders of the National Assembly at a dinner at the State House, said that an effective working relationship with the legislative branch of the government would easily result in greater profits for the Nigerians, and noted that “it pays to maintain neighbourliness. ”
The president said he was satisfied with the voting pattern of the main leaders of the National Assembly, which showed a lot of maturity and patriotism, and also indicated all Nigerians that love for the nation replaces party affiliations.
“I was very pleased that people expressed their desires at the National Assembly across party lines. Neighbourliness is very important.
“It makes sense to cultivate neighbourliness on individual and national level. If you cultivate good relationship with your neighbour, you will save a lot emotionally and materially,’’ he said.
Buhari said that Nigeria has benefited greatly from maintaining good relations with neighbors like Cameroon and the Republic of Benin, noting that the fight against Boko Haram had been conducted jointly with neighboring countries, while Nigeria’s unit for the safety food was discussed with neighboring countries to cut smuggling.
The president urged the legislature to stop comparing Nigeria’s democracy with the more developed countries, since each country had its peculiarities and historical growth patterns had been different, with developed countries practicing liberal democracy for long years.
“Along the line of development, we are a developing country. We have different experiences,’’ he added.
In his remark, the Senate President Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan assured the President that the legislature was ready to work with the executive to provide solutions to the challenges facing the nation.
Lawan noted that the 9th National Assembly was different in “attitude, composition and patriotism’’ and will ensure good “collaboration, partnership and synergy’’ on national issues.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said elections of principal officers in the National Assembly were transparent, assuring that the National Assembly will work with President Buhari to improve the lives of constituents.