The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has pledged to facilitate a cordial relationship between President Bola Tinubu and the National Assembly.
Gbajabiamila, who has been appointed as President’s Chief of Staff, made the pledge on Wednesday in his opening address that lasted 23 minutes at the opening of the 9th House’s valedictory session in Abuja.
While thanking his colleague lawmakers for their support, the Speaker described his new appointment as humbling.
He assured the lawmakers that in his new role, he would work to ensure “a cordial and productive relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government whilst respecting the independence and prerogatives of the legislature.”
Gbajabiamila added, “As I transition into my new role, a role unlike the one I have had for these many years, I ask for your support and best wishes as we continue to work together to advance the cause and fulfil the promise of Nigeria. I will miss all of you, and I will miss this House. I want you to rest assured that wherever the road takes me, I will carry you all in my heart fondly because you have enriched my life in ways words alone cannot fully express.”In his speech, the Speaker expressed concerns about the exodus of Nigerians over sociopolitical and economic challenges, warning of the dire consequences for the country in the future.