The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki has said that the Unity of Nigeria is not negotiable, and that the senate will rather complete the constitution review that the senate is currently undergoing. Saraki said, “I thank you all for your contribution and kind words and words of encouragement. We have done two years and for the second part, we must be ready to take on the issues before us. As we promised we want to conclude the Constitution Review exercise to be one more promise kept. Also the senate must stand clearly to defend one Nigeria. There is no room for division and we must live by example.
“The next two years will be more challenging but we must stand together. Another is the fight against corruption. We will ensure that agencies know we will ensure transparency. We are not afraid of anybody.” Saraki thanked the management of the National Assembly as well as newsmen for their contributions, while he encouraged on the lawmakers to continue to remember late Sen. Isiaka Adekele, passed on few months ago in their prayers.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Sen. George Akume, said the senate must rise up to make a statement condemning the various agitations in parts of the country. He said if the senate kept quiet in the face of the agitations, it would be failing as a major legislative arm of government. Akume said, “I want to call the attention of this Senate to movements in this country, including Biafra, Arewa, some groups in the Western part of the country and many others. We must rise up to make a statement on what is happening. We will be failing if we do not do something that will reassure the people on the need for one Nigeria. We are greater being together than going our separate ways.”
In the same vein, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt, Sen. Shehu Sani said, “It is not what we say about ourselves that matters but what history has to say about us. I believe we have been able to work together over these two years despite the turbulent start. The challenge before us is what we can do to address the political, social and economic issues before us. The next two years will be tougher because of moves for secession.