Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, says the ninth National Assembly will rise above political, religious and ethnic divide to address the myriads of challenges facing the Nigerian people.
According to a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, on Friday, Ekweremadu spoke on Thursday night during a dinner to mark the end of the orientation programme organised for the elected federal lawmakers in Abuja.
While describing the National Assembly as a microcosm of Nigeria, he observed that bringing together the members-elect from across the country had helped them to share basic legislative knowledge.
He also said the programme had helped them to familiarise with one another and better appreciate the peculiar challenges faced by various parts of the country.
He said, “After elections comes the onerous business of governance and I am greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm and determination of senators and members-elect to rise above narrow politics.
“It gladdens the heart that members-elect are aware that once sworn in as senators and members of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic, we are bound by our oath of office.
“We will always act in the overall interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We are bound by these instruments to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”