Sen. Ali Ndume, the All Progressives (APC) Senator representing Borno South in the Senate said the Senate under the leadership of Dr Bukola Saraki had failed Nigerians.
Ndume stated this on Sunday in Abuja, adding that Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, had privatised the legislative arm of government.
“I really want to admit that we have failed in our responsibility to the people somehow, but we the members are not responsible for that.
“It is more of the responsibility of the leadership that shut down the Senate abruptly because of personal issues.
“It is very unfortunate. The Senate is the Nigerian Senate, it is not the senator’s Senate; it is not Saraki’s senate,” he said.
Ndume added that it was very unfortunate that the Nigerian National Assembly had been reduced to Saraki and Dogara.
He further added that Saraki and Dogara had privatised and personalised the Nigerian legislative arm of government which should not be the case.
“They have privatised and personalised the institution, and the reason we were elected to be there, had been relegated to the background.
“This is very unfortunate, but I want Nigerians to know that the Senate had not been shut down by the Senators or members of House of Representatives.
“The Senate was shut down by Saraki and Dogara and they should be held responsible for that,”Ndume added.
The Senator while expressing sadness that the Senate was yet to reconvene, stressed that the Senate must move on without Saraki.
He, however, said that he had made concerted efforts to see how the senate could reconvene, especially to consider about five matters of national importance, but without success.
According to him, the matters were abandoned by the National Assembly before it proceeded on the long recess.
“We tried everything to get the Senate President or the leadership to reconvene the Senate, but that had not been successful,” the lawmaker said.