The Senator representing Niger North District, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, has commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for his broad-mindedness and the non-partisan approach he has adopted in constituting the committees in the legislative house.
Abdullahi said it took a peace-loving, patriotic and large hearted leader like Saraki to continue to make reconciliatory moves aimed at harmonising all the tendencies in the legislative chamber.
The Senator noted that apart from always reaching out to members of the Unity Group who did not support him during his election, the Senate President has also proven that as a first among equal, it is his responsibility to carry along all Senators, be they members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), or that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He noted that it was the Senate President’s large heartedness that made him give the chairmanship of one of the two influential committees that he has constituted so far to a member of the Unity Forum.
Senator Jide Omoworare from Osun East, a member of the Unity Forum was last Wednesday named the chairman of the powerful committee on Rules and Business.
Also, Senator Kabiru Marafa, the spokesman of the group, was named a member of the same committee.
Abdullahi noted that “the Rules and Business Committee is the engine room of the Senate that directs the activities of the legislative house. That position given to Omoworare is so influential that it is next to being in the leadership of the Senate.”
“It only shows that this Senate President is working for peace and stability of the institution. This is just one example of the several efforts he is making to ensure there is peace in this Senate and I only hope that all my colleagues will reciprocate his gesture”, Abdullahi said.
Also speaking on the peace moves being made by the Senate President, Senator Peter Nwaboshi from Delta State said the Senate President was spreading the olive branch to those who are aggrieved by the events surrounding the emergence of the leadership of the Senate.
“I am indeed thrilled by the Senate President’s decision to fully reconcile the entire Senate. He is really reaching out to all and sundry and trying to carry everybody along. I think he is the right man for the job now. That is why he is being broadminded in his choice of committee members”, the Senator said.
He added that the choice of Senator Barnabas Gemade as the chairman of the Adhoc Committee on review of state of the roads and areas suffering environmental degradation despite his being a henchman of the Unity Forum also showed that the Senate President wants all hands on deck in the plan to make the current Senate achieve its objective of serving the people. Senator Gemade was a former minister of works, a position which placed him in good stead for the assignment.
In his own comment, Senator Lanre Tejuosho from Ogun Central, praised Saraki for laying emphasis on merit and ability in choosing which Senator serves in which committee or handles what assignment.
While calling on the Senate President to sustain his peace moves and penchant for putting the right people in the right place while constituting the remaining committees, Tejuoso said there are already positive signs that the present Senate will play positive roles in helping the Buhari administration to eliminate insecurity, youth unemployment, corruption and economic stagnation in the country.