The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday stated that it is too early for both the legislature and executive to engage in 2019 politicking.

Saraki made this known while welcoming Senators back from their Christmas and New Year holidays.

He added that lawmakers should not allow the upcoming 2019 elections to overshadow their work for the people that elected them.

Saraki said: “Going into the new year, I can only wish each and every one of us the best as we prepare for the task ahead.

“It is a crucial year.

“As you all know, this, in all probability, will be the last productive year before we go into the 2019 electioneering period.

“Not only is there a need to up the ante in terms of productivity, it is important we keep our eyes on the big picture.

“Let us not be caught in the political fray before due season.

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“It is my appeal to each and every one of us, that our legislative duty to Nigeria and her people, must be uppermost in our minds. We must not allow the upcoming 2019 elections to overshadow our work for the people that elected us – or distract us from that which we are mandated to do by the constitution and the trust reposed in us by the people.

“This is my appeal: it is too early for 2019 politicking to override the legislative agenda and the larger work of governance.

“I am directing this appeal not only to us in the chamber but to the National Assembly as a whole, as well as to the Executive and indeed all political actors.

The Senate president also decried the hardship experienced by Nigerians during the festive season, where many had to spend endless hours on fuel queues.

While the Senate could not immediately respond to the crises, it is determined to get to the bottom of the cause of the fuel scarcity, Saraki said.

“My own estimation of the fuel scarcity phenomenon is that it is man-made. We thought we had left the problem of fuel queues firmly in the past in this country, but sadly, that appears not to be the case. In any event, there is a problem, and it must be solved. We await the findings of the Investigative Panel on Fuel Scarcity, firm in our resolve that whoever is responsible must pay the price for visiting this needless hardship upon our people,” he added.

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