Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has described the 9th National Assembly as a microcosm of Nigeria.
Ekweremadu made this known through a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Uche Anichukwu, during a dinner to mark the end of the orientation programme organised for 9th National Assembly members-elect.
He stated that the 9th National Assembly will rise above political, religious, and ethnic divides to address the myriads of challenges facing the Nigerian people. NAN reports.
According to the statement, the assembly which consists of members-elect from across the country will boost legislative knowledge as well as providing good approaches to solving challenges faced by various parts of the country.
The statement read in part, “After elections, comes the onerous business of governance and I am greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm and determination of distinguished senators and honourable members-elect to rise above narrow politics.”
“It gladdens the heart that members-elect are aware that once sworn-in as distinguished senators and honourable members, we are bound by our oath of office and rules, to always act in the overall interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being, and prosperity of Nigeria.
“We are bound by these instruments to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We may all have come in different vehicles as represented by our various political parties, but poverty and hunger faced by the masses of Nigeria have no political party, we may profess different religions but the insecurity taking a toll on our people has no religion.
“Therefore, it is imperative and we are indeed inclined to work as a team for the peace, justice, equity, and national prosperity, irrespective of political leanings and diversities.
“Ours is a call to service, a call to deliver democracy dividends, a call to meet the expectations of our people, and a call to ensure that the government of Nigeria works for the people and I have no doubt that we will deliver on our mandates.”
Ekweremadu further urged the federal lawmakers-elect to be loyal to the oath of allegiance they would take on the inauguration day, to serve the people.