The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, on Friday clarified that there was no rift between the leadership of the National Assembly and the Presidency.
The SSA, who spoke with journalists in his office, said the fact that President Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly led by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, had a fruitful deliberation at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, was an indication that there was no ‘war’ between them.
According to Enang, “The gains of that meeting are as stated by the president of the senate in his briefing of the media after the meeting.
“I am sure you can begin to feel the political temperature that peace had descended in the minds and psyche of Nigerians and that the relationship between the executive and the legislature which was thought to be on heat, had been fully, perfectly, effectively cemented and the public is now aware.
“I want to say that the conjectures as they were, of a rift between the executive and the legislature were in all honesty, a conjecture, there wasn’t any rift. The meeting between the president and the National Assembly leadership, as it were as stated by the senate president, really proved that there were no rift.
“The senate president said ‘those small talks’ were taken by the public to mean that there was a crisis and division and I think that has laid it to rest”.
The presidential aide pointed out that most Nigerians on the street already know that “there is a perfect relationship between the executive and the legislature”.
The executive, according to him, maintains its powers under the constitution and was aware that “it is the legislature that would approve your measures, your budget, and even ministerial nominees”.