In anticipation of the upcoming inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has once again appealed to the newly elected members to prioritize the national interest over personal and sectional interests.
In a statement released on Sunday by the National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the Ohanaeze youths expressed their support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration and emphasized the need for all Nigerians, including members of the National Assembly, to rally behind the government in its pursuit of good governance.
Okwu emphasized that President Tinubu would face fewer obstacles in his efforts to steer the nation toward progress and development with a proactive and cooperative National Assembly.
He stated, “What should matter to the incoming members of the Senate and the House of Representatives is the collective welfare of Nigerians. While we oppose a rubber stamp legislature, we support appointing NASS leaders who will work harmoniously with the executive.”
“We know President Tinubu’s choice of Senator Godswil Akpabio for Senate President and Tajudeen Abass for Speaker of the House of Representatives. We are confident that the National Assembly will witness an effective legislative session under their leadership,” he added.
Okwu acknowledged the concerns raised regarding the South-East region’s representation, particularly concerning the position of Deputy Speaker by Hon. Benjamin Kalu. However, he urged the people to remain calm as more developments could unfold.
Considering the voting pattern in the presidential election, it is evident that the South East did not heavily support the APC. Additionally, Akpabio has familial ties with the Ndigbo and is expected to safeguard their interests.
“We remain optimistic that President Tinubu’s choices for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly were made after careful consideration. Therefore, we appeal to all the newly elected members to respect President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s decision for the country’s greater good. We look forward to the passage of positive bills that Mr. President will promptly sign,” Okwu concluded.