By Juliana MAIRIGA, Minna
The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator David Umaru has said that the feud portrayed to Nigerians between the National Assembly and the Presidency is a figment of the imagination of the enemies of the nation.
Umaru said that some group of Nigerians, due to their vested interest want Nigerians to believe that there is a fight between the Presidency and Senators adding that the Senators have no reason to go into a fight with the Presidency.
The Senator stated this to newsmen after a protest by some youth organizations in the state who called for the recalling of Senators in the state claiming that they were not being adequately represented.
“We have good and excellent relationship with the Executive, Senators are patriots but people tend to call us names just to satisfy their own interest. Presidency and Senate feud is the figment of the imagination of some set or people who can be classified as enemies of the country; they want Nigerians to believe that there is a fight between us whereas there is none.
“If we were enemies, the National Assembly would have started an impeachment process against the President while he was sick and away in London. On our part as legislators, we have done a lot of things to save the Executive.”
Umaru who frowned at the incessant protests by Youths against the National Assembly lamented that the Senate have succeeded in passing some bills that have been of benefit of the people, “People do not see the positive things we are doing, they only tend to see negative things and magnify it beyond imagination. Instead of making moves to ensure that the existing institutions are strengthened, the people are busy making effort to destroy it.
He urged Nigerians to stop being manipulated by the enemies of the nation stressing that the people need to be aware that the Senate do not intend or wish President Buhari evil, “we are working to ensure that we move this country to greater heights.”
The Senator insisted that the Senate will not be distracted or manipulated from doing their best in ensuring stability in the country.
Hundreds of youths under the coalition of Non Governmental Organizations in the state took to the street calling for the recall of Senator David Umaru and other Senators over supporting corruption and non adequate representation in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
The protesters started their march from the Mobile roundabout to the constituency office of Senator David Umaru.
The Youths who cut across the three senatorial districts of the state decried the self serving attitudes saying the Senators have failed the people of their constituencies.
They also blamed the Senators for frustrating President Muhammdu Buhari agenda in fighting corruption in the country by not passing anti corruption bill into law amongst other allegations.
By Juliana MAIRIGA, Minna