President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed said he is looking forward to a mutual and effective working relationship with the Ninth National Assembly.
He said this in Daura, Katsina State, when he met with his old schoolmates, who visited to congratulate him on his re-election.
Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said the president recounted how the delay in the passage of budgets hindered timely execution of projects across the country.
Buhari said he looks forward to improved budgetary process and restoring the country to the January-December fiscal cycle.
The president told his classmates in the 1953 set of Katsina Middle School, Daura, led by Senator Abba Ali, that it is on record that the 2018 budget proposals submitted to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017, was passed after seven months.
He assured his classmates that the Executive arm of government, under his watch, will strive towards effective implementation of national budgets while promoting transparency and accountability and thanked his old school colleagues for the ‘reunion,’ commended their interest and useful suggestions on advancing Nigeria’s prosperity and stability.
In his remarks, Senator Ali, said majority of Nigerians believed in his purposeful leadership and resoundingly renewed his mandate.
At another meeting, the president declared he would want to be remembered as a leader who kept his word that elections in Nigeria must be free, fair and credible.
In another statement, Shehu said Buhari made the declaration when he met with his home state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who came to formally inform him of his re-election at last Saturday’s governorship poll.
While commending Nigerians who heeded to his pre-election appeals to cast their votes peacefully, Buhari the Governorship and House of Assembly elections across the country as largely successful.
“I have maintained a position that elections must be free and fair and people have the right to make their choices and vote their consciences. I am happy they understood the message and did just that.
“Power is a public trust that belongs to the people. Power is not by strength or wisdom but by Providence. Elected persons must be fair and just. This is the legacy I want to leave behind. A leader must be fair and just. All leaders should strive to do that,” the president said.