Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has described the 9th National Assembly as a "copy and paste" law makers.
He rated the lawmakers below average in the discharge of their constitutional role as a check and balance on the executive arm of government, alleging that the 9th Assembly has sold off their authority and conscience for "a pot of porridge".
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Though Frank said he was not surprised by the performance of national legislators, he recalled that the Chairman of the National Assembly and the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan had once said that "any request President Buhari sent to the National Assembly under him will be approved."
In a tweet from his verified Twitter handle, @RealTimiFrank in Abuja on Sunday, the political activist tweeted; “9th Assembly is Nigeria problem. They're 'Copy & Paste', they're worse than rubber stamp. That's why they cannot say 'No' to all the loan requests from @MBuhari. because they're beneficiaries of the loans. He alleged they have 10% from all the loans. These people are worse than COVID-19."
He noted that the 8th Assembly, under the leadership of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives had the genuine qualities of true democrats with the interests of the people at heart who confidently and boldly asked questions from the executive arm.
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“Now, Nigerians will see the true reasons why the Buhari administration never liked the 8th Assembly. The 9th Assembly can best be described as 'Halleluyah boys' who will approve every request of the Buhari regime not minding if it is anti-people in as much as they are generously greased by the Presidency
“We have never seen the 9th Assembly deliberate any request for loan by the Buhari presidency and have immediately gone ahead to approve every loan request without crosschecking to see if previous loans have been properly utilized for the purposes it was meant for. What has been the concern of the 9th Assembly and her leadership is their own gains.
“The legislators have turned themselves into Praise singers and copy and paste bunch of every request from the Executive arm. No wonder Nigeria is presently its present state."
“The 9th Assembly and Buhari want to impoverish Nigerians with the loans it has obtained with nothing to show in its almost six years in office. The corruption mark, under this administration has shot up with the Legislative arm, an active participant”, Frank stated.
He therefore called on Nigerians to hold their representatives accountable for the roles played in providing legislative cover for the President and his government.
“Hold your representatives accountable for they are responsible for the hunger and poverty Nigerians are currently witnessing”, Frank stated.
The former APC Chieftain accused the legislature of being part and parcel of the corruption in the Buhari led administration, alleging that the legislative arm was always ready to pass bills in support of Buhari for their selfish attitude.
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