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Senate President and good representation

The role of the Senate President in Nigeria is one of immense responsibility. It involves representing the interests of the public, upholding the principles of…

The role of the Senate President in Nigeria is one of immense responsibility. It involves representing the interests of the public, upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring that the legislature functions as a check and balance on the executive branch. However, recent observations have left many questioning whether the current Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, is fully embracing this role.

In a democratic system, the Senate president is expected to prioritise the welfare and concerns of the public above all else. This role demands a dedication to serving the nation and safeguarding the principles of good governance. Godswill Akpabio’s tenure in this position has raised doubts among some who believe that his actions seem more aligned with the interests of the executive branch, rather than the Nigerian people.

It’s essential to remember that the office of the Senate president is a public office, and as such, it carries a significant responsibility to uphold the ideals of democracy, accountability, and transparency. The public places its trust in the Senate president to ensure that their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed.

Many have expressed concerns that the Senate’s role in providing effective oversight and checks and balances on the executive branch has been compromised under Akpabio’s leadership.

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A key concern is the perception that decisions and actions taken by the Senate appear to be influenced more by political considerations than the welfare of the Nigerian people. As the nation faces a multitude of challenges, ranging from economic hardships to security concerns, the Senate’s role in addressing these issues is of paramount importance.

This is not a call for partisanship but rather a call for a more balanced approach to leadership. It is a plea for Senate President Godswill Akpabio to prioritize the interests and well-being of the public above any other considerations.

Remember that your position is a public trust, and the nation is watching. The expectations are clear—serve the Nigerian people, uphold the principles of democracy, and ensure that the Senate remains a beacon of hope and progress for all citizens.

Transparency, accountability, and a commitment to the principles of good governance should guide your actions. Embrace the responsibilities of your office, uphold the tenets of democracy, and work diligently to address the pressing issues that affect the lives of millions of Nigerians.

The path to becoming a Senate president for the people is not one of convenience, but it is a path that leaves a lasting legacy and earns the respect and trust of the nation.

We remind Senate President Godswill Akpabio that  your duty is to the Nigerian people, and it is imperative that you live up to the expectations of this esteemed public office.

 

Ibrahim Abubakar, Department of Mass Communication university of Maiduguri 

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