I fear the place of this government in history – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has announced his fears about the reputation of the present administration in Nigeria’s history.

In an interview he conducted with NIGERIA NOW, Dogara expressed concern about how the present administration, headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, is being perceived and how it would affect its role in Nigeria’s history.

Dogara noted the performance of the executive government would be used to assess the entire administration as it is regarded as one government.

“If Buhari fails, all of us have failed. It is one government and we cannot extricate ourselves,” he said.

“Sometimes I sit down, craft memos by myself and take it to the executive; it is not my responsibility, the government has its own advisers, but I fear a lot about the place this government will occupy in history,” he said.

“All of us will be involved in that history, none of us will run away whether you just a member, a leader, a chairman of a committee, whoever you are it is our government, it doesn’t even matter which political party you belong to, it is one government and we are all involved.

“So the point is what is the legacy we are leaving behind? What are we achieving? That’s the thing that gives me nightmares sometimes.”

“I tell people that one of the things God has developed real well in me is to remove fear from me, I fear nothing,” he said.

“The only thing that frightens me is if this eighth assembly which, by virtue of the grace of God, I have been called to lead, is unable to leave landmark achievements; that is what bothers me and prevents me from sleeping.

“At times, I begin to think about what it is that we have achieved, done wrong or could have done better? What is the next line of things we can do for the betterment of the lives and living conditions of our people?

“It is going to be two years, what can we really say we have done that has improved the lot of Nigerians? What will be our place when the history of this country is written?

“Those are the issues that prevent one from sleeping, really, as against political battles with individuals or thinking about next elections – those are not the issues at all.”

2017 Budget: Buhari meets Saraki, Dogara behind closed doors

President Muhammadu Buhari met with the leaders of the National Assembly to discuss progress reports on the 2017 budget.

In two separate meetings, closed to the public, President Buhari met with the Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Bukola Saraki, Senate President, to strengthen relationships between the executive and the legislature, which seemed to have strained in recent times, and to discuss aspects of the 2017 budget proposal.

Saraki described the relationship between the executive and legislative arms as “cordial” and said the meeting with President Buhari was of a routine nature.

“The relationship is very cordial, you cannot examine (the National Assembly) by one or two issues. That is the point I’m making. You cannot examine (the relationship) based on NDDC or examine it based on EFCC.

“We have other issues like the Ministerial (names) we are going to work on and the amnesty we will soon work on. We have the budget that is more important, we have INEC, we have PIB, we have so many things and I think it is a mixture of all that that should guide us.

“So, don’t let us overheat the polity.’’

Dogara dismissed insinuations that his meeting with the President was to restore relationship between the two arms of government they represent, noting that it was blatant rumour that relationship had strained.

“It baffles me when people see you visit Mr President, the assumption out there is that something is going wrong. Nothing is wrong, it is just a routine consultation.

“You might look at it as crisis but I don’t look at it as crisis. You know I have always said this that as a government our value will be the problems we have solved.

“We can’t be remembered for avoiding or running away from problems. It is only when‎ we provide solution to some of the things you refer to as crises and we look at them as opportunities to begin anew that people will now remember us for putting down enduring legacies.”