The Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, has stated that the inability of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to call the two Houses to order, and present their after Budget addresses, earlier today, at the joint session of the National Assembly, with President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance, is a clear indication that they have lost control of the two Chambers of the Legislature.
According to the BMO, sequel to this revolt, the two Leaders should toe the line of honour, and rectitude and resign immediately.
This, according to the group, is because this is the first time the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, would not make speeches at a budget presentation
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the BMO said that it was a surprise that the duo were not allowed to make the traditional open and closing speeches
“This shows that majority of the Federal Lawmakers in the two Chambers, are not happy with the way and manner that Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, have been running the Legislature.
“It is a tradition for the Senate President to set the tone for the budget presentation, but it was clear that Federal Legislators were not prepared to listen to Bukola Saraki
“We note that the duo of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, have abdicated the responsibilities of their Office, hence the decision of majority of the Legislators to reject their Leadership, by refusing them the opportunity to speak, after the President’s budget presentation.
“This should have been a clear signal for a honourable man to bow out, but it is a word that cannot be used in the same sentence with any of the Leaders of the two Chambers.”
The BMO, consequently urged Saraki and Dogara to step down from the leadership positions that they continue to usurp, in spite of being members of a minority group in the National Assembly
“We also commend the President for presenting a realistic and forward-looking budget, which we believe is capable of consolidating the achievements of his administration in the last three and half years. The President has, through the presentation of an inclusive and result-oriented budget, re-emphasised his vision for the rebuilding of Nigeria within the shortest possible time.
“We therefore, enjoin Nigerians to continue to support the President and his administration, in their efforts to re-position the country, and put her on the path of sustainable development and economic growth.”