Senate President Ahmad Lawan has called on Nigerian politicians to build consensus among themselves irrespective of political affiliations and work only in the interest of the country.
He gave the charge at a reception organised in his honour in Abuja, on Wednesday night, by a former governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu and his wife, Ifunanya, to mark the 63rd birthday of the Senate president.
Addressing the gathering, Lawan said the kind of consensus he wanted should centre around fundamental issues about the country below which none of them should go irrespective of their political affinities.
He said the Senate under his watch was able to achieve its set target because of its consensus to work for the country.
Earlier in his welcome address, Kalu, extolled the leadership qualities of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, saying, he has transformed the calendar of the Senate to be business-like by ensuring prompt delivery of its set agenda.
He described Lawan as a “reliable ally” of his family for a long time, saying his family will continue to honour and celebrate him.
“Tonight is to celebrate one of Nigeria’s finest politicians, my friend, my brother, my roommate in the university. We are celebrating him because he is a reliable ally of this family. We will continue to be celebrating you.
“Dr Ahmad Lawan is a man that has set a standard in the Senate. He is the man that has brought a lot of reformation in the Senate. This reformation makes us appreciate him as senators.
“From what I have seen, Dr Lawan has changed our calendar to look like business-like; we will do this for so and so number of days, we will do it; no more going to talk about we are going to pass the budget in May of 2022 when we have already passed the budget in December and signed into law by Mr President. it’s a record he has set for us”, he said.
He said notwithstanding the opinions of some Nigerians, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has laid “an enviable foundation that will make this country to benefit more.”
The event had in attendance, many dignitaries among them, chief of staff to the president, Prof Ibrahim Gambari; senators, former governors and members of the diplomatic community, amongst others.