Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, on Wednesday, said that the House under his leadership since 2015 gave maximum support to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He noted that the House under his leadership gave speedy consideration of requests forwarded by Buhari.
According to him, the 8th House is so far the most performing in the history of Nigeria’s politics.
“We have done exceptionally well. It is on record that this has been the most productive National Assembly ever, as well as unparalleled House in the history of the House of Representatives,” the Speaker said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Turaki Hassan.
Dogara who received the Euro Knowledge Award for his exemplary leadership revealed that bills were sometimes passed under two days.
The Speaker’s statement came despite criticism from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that the 8th National Assembly headed by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Mr. Dogara made the work of President Buhari difficult.
The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and the leadership of the APC had repeatedly rebuked the leadership of the National Assembly, saying that they deceitfully claimed power for their selfish purposes.
The statement has created a negative impression among supporters of President Buhari who now sees Dogara and Saraki as those who made the president’s job since 2015 a hell.
Read the full statement issued by his aide, Mr. Hassan, below;
“We hope that those who are coming after us, those who will take over from us will do better and be able to rededicate themselves and to achieve the ideals they set out for themselves.
“When we started out, it was our desire and thank God we can say today that we have cleaned up virtually all laws we inherited from even 1800.
“Before we embarked on this massive exercise, some of our Law books were still containing Pounds Sterling, in some laws, some addresses in the United Kingdom were even mentioned.
“To the credit of the eighth assembly, all those things are no longer reflected in the body of our laws.
“Anyone who thinks we have not supported the Federal Government enough in the bid to create a conducive business environment to attract better investment into Nigeria should check what we have done in the area of the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
“There were times when we ensured that within days or weeks, we passed these bills that were required to jumpstart this process to bring Nigeria out of recession and prosper.
“This made Nigeria jump about 24 places in the Global Index of the world ranking of nations in the Ease of Doing Business,” he added.
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