President Muhammadu Buhari has bemoaned the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for showing lack of patriotism during the 8th National Assembly.
Buhari, who spoke during a media chat on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Monday. lamented that the National Assembly leaders wanted to have overbearing influence on key national issues.
He said, “The National Assembly wanted to dictate the terms, which is wrong. It is the executive that should dictate the terms and present them before the legislature which would then examine them.
“But when they go round posing as the leaders (who should dictate terms) and not the executive, then that’s a problem. Personally, I spoke to the Senate President, Saraki, and Dogara.”
He said he spoke to them to asked them how they felt about holding the country to ransom for seven months due to non-passage of the budget.
According to the President, “I told them they weren’t holding me to ransom; they were holding the country to ransom. Really, in terms of patriotism, I rate them (Saraki and Dogara) very low.”