President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated the newly elected principal officers of the 9th National Assembly.
Buhari conveyed his congratulations in a statement released to newsmen by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Buhari hailed lawmakers and their political parties for their display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during the 9th Assembly election.
He described the emergence of the new leaders of the National Assembly as “a new dawn, different from duplicity and perfidy of the immediate past.”
Buhari said: “The Executive does not desire a rubber stamp Legislature. While separation of powers is essential, collaboration among all Arms of Government should be the name of the game.
“The opposition need not be virulent.
“Stepping into the Next Level, the legislature has a big role to play for the goals of the administration to be achieved,” stressing that, “This is for the ultimate good of the nation,” he added.
The President also urged lawmakers who lost out to be gallant in defeat, and join hands with the victors who should exhibit magnanimity and eschew vindictiveness.
Naija News had reported that Senator Ahmed Lawan and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege emerged Senate President and Deputy Senate President of the 9th National Assembly.
While Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Idris Wase emerged Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.