It is no longer news that the Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari, recently had dinner with members of the National Assembly. As obtained from various media outlets, the President praised members of the National Assembly for always doing his bidding. It should be recalled that for some time now, the National Assembly members have often approved the President’s requests without much hesitation.
Arguably, the National Assembly which performs legislative functions and the Executive arm of government are supposed to work harmoniously for the effective administration of the country. However, it is not expected that these legislators should always do the President’s bidding. Therefore, I am of the view that the National Assembly members are not supposed to be praised for always doing the President’s bidding. Here are my reasons:
- The Role of National Assembly Members Is Not To Do The President’s bidding
You will agree with me that in a democratic government, the legislature (National Assembly) serves as Lawmakers and also stand to check the excesses of both the Executive and Judiciary. With this, it is arguable that always doing the President’s bidding imply that the National Assembly members are no longer checking the excesses of the Executive arm of government.
- Always Doing The President’s bidding Will Undermine Checks and Balance
Arguably always doing the President’s bidding and receiving praise for doing so, could undermine the role of these National Assembly members. It can undermine their ability to carry out checks on the Executive arm of government. This could grant the Executive unrestricted powers.
- It Could Defeat The Essence of Legislation
It is arguable that praising National Assembly members for always doing the President’s bidding could motivate them to do more. The implication of this is that it could undermine the essence of having a Legislature. This is due to the possibility that the focus will now be on how to please the President.
Although the point here is not to say that one is not supposed to be praised for doing a good job, it is, however, my view that the reason for praising the National Assembly members should not be for always doing the President’s bidding. Rather, it should be for doing a good job.