Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan on Friday said the setting up of the All Progressives Congress’ reconciliation committee headed by Ahmed Bola Tinubu was long overdue.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday designated Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts ad part of efforts towards improving cohesion within the APC.
But the Senate leader, while addressing State House reporters after praying jumaat with Buhari at the Presidential Villa mosque, said time was against the party, saying the reconciliation process had to begin immediately.
Lawan, however, described the constitution of the committee as fantastic.
"In fact, that committee should have been constituted long time ago because APC is plagued by some internal issues, and I believe that these are issues that are surmountable. The Tinubu committee will definitely add value into reconciling the warring sides, so to speak.
"Time is against us. We have to really kick start this process of reconciliation immediately, and I believe that as a family, we should be able to come out very much much united that we were before," he stated.
Lawan described as good, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s suggestion on state policing as a solution to insecurity, saying the Senate adhoc Committee on Review of Security Infrastructure in Nigeria would "take it on board in the National Assembly."
He said the national security summit Senate held Thursday was successful because of the synergy between the legislature and the executive.
Lawan, who expressed optimism that the executive would consider and implement the Senate’s resolutions on the summit, said he was confident that Nigeria would get solutions to her security challenges.
"We should be positive and thinking in a very positive manner that we should be able to solve our problems. If we cannot solve the problems, why did we even venture into it? I’m an optimistic person and I believe that coming together, the executive and the legislature, we can solve any problem in Nigeria if we’ve the support of Nigerians.
"It is not only those of us in government that are supposed to do everything to solve this kind of challenges, but we need the continuous and relentless support of citizens to ensure that we are able to provide the kind of solutions we need," the Senate leader said.