The Chairman Senate committee on local and foreign debt, Senator Shehu Sani has described Nigeria’s seventeen years of uninterrupted democratic governance as a testimony that the political system is maturing.
Senator Sani who represents Kaduna central senatorial district in the National Assembly, believes that one of the greatest achievements of the present day Nigeria since it gained independence in 1960, is the successful transition of governments from the military to civilian and now from civilian administration of one political party to a different party.
In an interview with Voice of Nigeria on the journey so far, Senator Sani however expressed displeasure that the discovery of crude oil shortly before independence over 56 years ago breaded a culture of waste that also contributed to decimating other aspects of the economy.
And speaking on the relationship between the Executive and Legislature as Nigeria marks 56 years of political independence, Senator Sani believes that the country has come a long way.
“Nigeria’s 56 year journey was one of challenges, of success that are modest but also of prospects and we can categorize our achievements and challenges into three. The Social, political and the economy. And we can also see that despite our problem, from problems of coup, civil strife of military rule, and of insurgency, the nation has endured through a period of turbulence. So, we can say we have come a long way but we still have a long way to go,” he noted.
“And without the parliament, the whole government becomes a dictatorship. So, there are areas where we naturally have to cooperate and collaborate, and these have to do with issues and principles and policies and programmes but it is not always that we have to agree with each other. On matters of laws, of principles and perception of things naturally, there is nowhere in the whole world where the parliament and the executive is 100% always working together except in a dictatorship.
But for now, I think whatever you see us do here we do it in the best interest of the country.”
Senator Sani who is a pro-democracy activist dating back to the military era in Nigeria, also threw his weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s call for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, arguing that Nigeria has done well enough to deserve such position.
“We had in the last 56 years been able to proof our presence as peace keeping forces in different parts of the continent, and also we played a leading role in the founding of OAU which later became the African Union, and also a major financier of it including the ECOWAS.
So, we have a long list of things to do for the continent but to be able to do that, we must be able to get our economy right, so that it will enable and strengthen us to extend our hands of assistance and inspiration to other parts of the continent”.