IBB passes vote of confidence on National Assembly leadership

By Ummi Ismaeel,
Minna
The former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), has urged members of the National Assembly, House of Representatives leadership in particular, to remain resilient in ensuring the promotion of peace and unity in line with popular wishes of Nigerians.
Babangida said that he passionately observed what was going on in the House of Representatives and commended the Speaker and the leadership of the House for considering the complexity of the country above all in the choice of those to man the affairs of the Lower Chambers.
The former Head of State made the commendation while welcoming the leadership of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Minority caucus of the House of Representatives led by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu.
His words: “I am passionate in observing what is going on across the country. I develop lots of interest in the on-goings and I think the leadership of the House of Representatives, the Speaker, the opposition leadership and everyone, I think you are all doing well”.
IBB said that the House had been carrying out their duties honorably and diligently to represent the wishes of Nigerians.
“You represent the people and it is what the people wished that you take up. I want to commend you for doing your job honourably and urge you not to give up.
“The country is complex and difficult because there are as many opinions as there are a number of people in Nigeria today. A very vibrant society and what is important is the determination, you have put up to remain very resilient in everything you do for the benefits of Nigerians”.

Babangida, who assured the House of Representatives leadership of his blessings, said that he was glad they survived the initial hiccups before emerging as the Minority Leaders, adding however that, “It is time to settle down to do a lot of good work for your constituency and for the country”.
The House of Representatives Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, said that they were in Minna to formally introduce themselves as the leadership of the Minority caucus of the House of Representatives and to appreciate the supportive role he played in ensuring their emergence.
Given the challenges and attendant complexities, Ndudi said that they were in Minna for fatherly advice from Babangida on how to pilot the affairs of the House of Representatives and proffer solutions to the numerous problems bedeviling the country today.
Ndudi and his team who arrived Minna International Airport at about 1.30pm and headed to the hilltop residence of Babangida said, “We are here to ask for your fatherly advice. The country is facing challenges especially insecurity and we think that coming here will give us ample opportunity of getting fatherly advice on the way to pilot the affairs of the House”.

Ndudi, who prayed for the continued good health of Babangida, pledged the readiness of the caucus to provide good governance to Nigerians.
“We prayed God to keep you. We need you with us because the wisdom and understanding that you have garnered over the years is needed to ensure that there is peaceful co-existence among Nigerians”.
Ndudi was accompanied on the visit by; the Minority Whip, Gibbion Gwari, and Deputy Minority Whip, Adekoya Adesegun, Hon. Efe Afe, Hon. Kpam Jimin Sokpo, Hon. Robert Tyough, Hon. Soyinka Anjola, Hon. Femi Bamishele, Hon. Benjamin Mzondu and Hon. Samuel Onuigbo.

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