The President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has called on elected members of the 8th National Assembly and other elected leaders to be transparent in the discharge of their duties.
Buhari made this statement in Abuja at the induction ceremony of the new legislators of the National Assembly, on Wednesday.
He said it was imperative for all elected leaders to ensure prudence in the management of public resources and be transparent in the discharge of their duties.
According to Buhari, the legislature is a critical component and necessary ingredient of democracy and good governance, adding that legislators carry heavy burden of representation with all the seriousness it deserves.
“The legislature by nature is inherently democratic, in the sense that all members are equal and are elected representatives of the Nigerian people.
“For a president to be successful in addressing community development and general welfare of the various people of the country, he or she would benefit from working closely and in harmony with the legislative arm of government. I, therefore, commit myself to working with the legislature as development partners motivated by the desire to deliver good governance,” Buhari stressed.
He lauded the maturity exhibited by the political class, the professionalism of Nigerian security agencies, the competence and resilience of INEC, the doggedness of Nigerians, as well as their commitment to ensuring that their wishes were represented and respected.
While speaking further, the President-elect described his victory as equally a victory for all political parties and their leaderships for according due respect to the electoral process and accepting the results in most cases.
“I wish to specifically acknowledge the role played by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for accepting the results of the election before final announcement was made,” he added.
Gen. Buhari, who enumerated nine challenges confronting the nation and needed to be tackled as soon as he takes over on May 29, noted that appropriate policies needed to be put in place, and such policies may have to be translated into laws.
“I see these development challenges as the mission of my Presidency. I need the support of the Members of National Assembly on the battle front. I need your support in many respects,” he stated. According to him, the oversight function of the legislature is critical in ensuring that policies were implemented effectively and transparently.