The new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, met on Monday with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
The two men spoke on Legislature-Executive collaboration, as partners in progress and not rivals. The three main themes of the meeting today were:
1. Mutual admiration and commendation:
From Speaker Dogara: Mustapha as SGF is “a round peg in a round hole, or a square peg in a square hole.” The Speaker said Pres. Buhari “hit the nail on the head” with the appointment.
From Mustapha: “I remember when this whole enterprise started, we were asked to serve in the national convention committee with you, Mr. Speaker. You were the nominee of the House of Reps in that committee and we worked for months to put up a convention and a selection process that is adjudged to be the best ever in this country. You worked with us in spite of your numerous schedules in the National Assembly and what eventually happened in Lagos was a product of your input, commitment and dedication that you had put into the enterprise. So you were part of the process through which President Muhammadu Buhari emerged as our candidate in December of 2014.”
2. Promises to work with each other as one government:
From Speaker Dogara: “We want to reassure you of our desire to work with the Executive in order to see that we deliver the goods for the people. As a matter of fact for us, there really is no distinction in government, it’s just ignorant people who tend to make these distinctions. If the Executive fails, there’s no way the Legislature would be exonerated, we are all guilty.”
From Mustapha: “I acknowledge that the National Assembly are not competitors to the Federal executives, but that they are joint owners of this enterprise.”
From Speaker Dogara: “I’ve always been mindful of our place in history, that is why we have organized this House with the leaders that you see here and some of the Members of the House of Representatives to always work on the policies and programmes of Government with little or no resistance, bearing in mind that if we succeed, we succeed together and if we don’t succeed history would say, you’re a Speaker, you’re a Leader and a Member of Parliament when this Government failed.”
From Mustapha: “The modest efforts that have been achieved would not have been achieved to date so I want to particularly thank you for maintaining stability in the body polity and for also ensuring that whenever there is a call to duty, you attend to the matters of state expeditiously.”