President Muhammdu Buhari hosted members of the ninth Assembly to a dinner at Abuja on Tuesday.
The president noted the role of the assembly members in making Nigeria a better place. He commended the lawmakers for discharging their legislative duties with maturity and competence, describing the legislature as 'full partners in national development.
"Our ability to govern in the best interests of the Nigerian people depends to a great deal on effective collaboration and partnership between the Legislature and the Executive," Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
"The obligation to check and balance each other is not invitation to conflict, it should not be characterised by quarrelsome disagreement when consultation, engagements and compromise have proven time and again to be a more effective approach."
While praising the legislature, he said, "You have distinguished yourselves by your conduct in office, by the scale and quality of your legislative interventions, and by your capacity for engaging with the difficult questions facing the country with maturity and competence."
The president expressed Commitment for continuous collaboration and partnership.
"The President said he looked forward to continued collaboration and partnership between the executive and legislative arms of government, working together to achieve a shared vision of a peaceful and prosperous country," Adesina wrote innthe statement.