The Ninth National Assembly led by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila has been one of the most productive, says Buhari, in coming to this conclusion, he took into consideration, output and outcome.

The President spoke said this, Thursday, at the inauguration of the permanent site of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in Abuja.

Buhari said he was grateful to the leadership of the National Assembly for their support and understanding.

“This Ninth Assembly will be remembered as one of the most productive in terms of output and outcome. Again, I thank the leadership of the National Assembly for giving me the support required to deliver on my promises to Nigerians,” Buhari said.

Buhari said he deliberately held back from meddling in the affairs of the legislature so as to encourage an independent National Assembly.

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“From the moment of my election in 2015 and subsequently, I supported the idea of an independent National Assembly, one that is able to decide its leadership and develop its agenda in line with the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I refrained from meddling in the affairs of the legislature and instead promoted a culture of mutual respect and collaboration between the two arms,” he said.

“Nigeria is immensely endowed in many ways, our single greatest asset is the people of this nation, our teeming youth population provides the labour force we need to industrialise and develop our economy. This underscores the need for more investment in human capacity development.”

He added that the NILDS permanent site is a critical step towards fostering the capacity of the legislature to improve its lawmaking, oversight and presentation functions.