The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Wednesday, lashed at the former Senate President Bukola Saraki-led 8th Senate, saying it was a disaster that halted the nation from progress.
MURIC was reacting to some people who have condemned the 9th Senate’s process for confirmation of the 43 ministerial nominees sent to them by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Wednesday, described the 9th Senate as progressive, unlike the 8th Senate that was against the progress of the nation.
The statement reads: “The speedy clearance of nominees, the early completion of the exercise and the confirmation of all the 43 candidates is an indication of better things to come. This 9th Senate means business.
“It is people-friendly and truly Nigerian. Above all, it is progressive, dynamic and patriotic. This is a clear departure from the circus which Nigerians mistook for a Senate in the last four years.
“The 8th Senate was a monumental disaster. Hypnotised senators abandoned critical national issues to troop after their president who was facing charges at the tribunal. Nominees were scape-goated and rejected out of spite.
“It was clear from the first day that the 8th Senate was here to frustrate the war against corruption. The graft-loving 8th Senate refused to confirm Ibrahim Magu, the head of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency. Nigeria’s budget was delayed for seven months!
“The 8th Senate was an unmitigated failure, a Senate of comic characters and pathological liars, a Senate of professional sleepers-on-duty, a Senate of budget-padding experts whose members were only good at harassing women and spending 19 hours on tree tops.
“In conclusion, we congratulate the new Senate president, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, for bringing light to replace darkness. We commend him for his cool-headedness, maturity and statesmanship.
“We urge him to remain focused and to continue cooperating with the executive for a better and greater Nigeria. We appeal to members of the 9th Senate to think more of Nigeria in their deliberations.”
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