President Muhammadu Buhari's new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, does not want to tangle with the National Assembly.

And so, he is extending olive branch on behalf of the presidency to the Senate and the House of Representatives.

During a visit to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in Abuja, he said the presidency could not properly function without the support of the National Assembly.

"I am here today to extend a hand of friendship and to solicit for the cooperation of the National Assembly because our constitution is very explicit when it comes to the principle of Separation of Powers.

"We are not in competition with the National Assembly. We are not rivals with the National Assembly. We are partners in this enterprise," the new SGF said.

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He admitted that if the National Assembly did not cooperate with the Presidency, the desired result would not be achieved, given the mandate they have freely received from the people of Nigeria.

"So, this is basically to come and assure you that in every area that you are soliciting for cooperation of the Presidency, being the SGF, I will ensure that the National Assembly receives that cooperation. Whatever was lost in the past, we could quickly redeem and recover and make progress."

Saraki in his response said: "You are very right. In the Presidential system that we run, it is not possible to achieve all our goals if the Executive and Legislature do not have – not just an okay relationship but fantastic and very close relationship".

President Buhari, last week fired indicted former SGF Babachir Lawal and announced Mustapha as replacement.

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