Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said he was having nightmares over the place of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in history.
He explained that other arms of government would not be exonerated from the failure of the administration, adding that he is worried about what the government has achieved so fat in its first two years.
The Speaker who stated this in an interview with NIGERIA NOW Magazine in Abuja noted that he occasionally writes advisory memos to the presidency on how to make impact in the life of the current administration.
According to him, it was important for everybody in government to work in unison, irrespective of party affiliation and positions occupied, to ensure that the current administration succeeds.
Dogara disclosed that his greatest fear about government was not political battles or controversies, but not leaving a lasting legacy, which will impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.
He said, “Sometimes I sit down, craft memos by myself and take it to the Executive. It is not my responsibility; the government has its own advisers, but I fear a lot about the place this government will occupy in history.
“All of us will be involved in that history, none of us will run away whether you just a member, a leader, a chairman of a committee, whoever you are it is our government. It doesn’t even matter which political party you belong to, it is one government and we are all involved.
“So the point is what is the legacy we are leaving behind? What are we achieving? That’s the thing that gives me nightmares sometimes. What is the next line of things we can do for the betterment of the lives and living conditions of our people? This is going to be two years. What can we really say we have done that has bettered the lot of Nigerians? What will be our place when the history of this country is written?
“Those are the issues that prevent one from sleeping, really, as against political battles with individuals or thinking about next elections – those are not the issues at all”.
The Speaker further noted that as a legislator, leaving a landmark achievement as a parliament is one of his greatest worry about the National Assembly.
He stated: “I bother a lot about where we are leading this House to and what it is we can achieve in both parliament and in government, because we are running the same government. If Buhari fails, all of us have failed, because it is one government and we cannot extricate ourselves.
“I tell people that one of the things God has developed real well in me is to remove fear from me, I fear nothing. The only thing that frightens me is if this Eighth Assembly which, by virtue of the grace of God, I have been called to lead, is unable to leave landmark achievements; that is what bothers me and prevents me from sleeping. At times, I begin to think about what it is that we have achieved, done wrong or could have done better?”