Ahmed Lawan declares his patriotism and good legacy as he turns 63. The Senate President said that majority of Nigerians would only appreciate their work and patriotism and write good commentaries about the 9th National Assembly and what they achieved when they leave office in 2023.
Lawan said this at the event of his 63rd birthday celebration in Abuja on Wednesday, January 12. Reacting to claims that the ninth assembly has become a rubber stamp for the president, Lawan said;
“We believe that there is a price to pay for anything, but we are patriotic. Let us be called any name, what we want to do and achieve is for our country to be better. Tomorrow, some of these people that are calling us all types of names will be writing very good commentaries about what we have been able to achieve in this ninth National Assembly.
The majority of Nigerians are happy with what we are doing, we are not perfect, we make our errors, and we will correct them.
We identify with our citizens, but we will always do what is in the best interest of our country.” he said.
On the rising debt profile of Nigerians, Lawan said;
“Nobody likes taking loans, borrowing, or accumulating debts, whether as an individual, a family, a community, or as a country. But what can you do when you’re not able to generate enough? We are as concerned as anybody else about our level of borrowing, even though we have not saturated, but if we can do better, why not reduce, and the best way to reduce is to get more revenues from especially independent sources.
The government-owned enterprises are supposed to give us more money. In 2022, we are expecting maybe about a trillion, I’m not an economist, but I believe that we should be expecting maybe double or triple from them.
We must support them, we must supervise them, and we must keep them on their toes for us to have more revenues in other to reduce the level of borrowing”