Chris Steven, Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said it would be suicidal for anybody to threaten Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara considering their physical sizes.
Osinbajo said this jokingly while declaring open the 16th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the media was more interested in the disagreements between the executive and legislature, instead of the harmonious relationship noting that what makes news is conflict between the Executive and the Legislature.
His words: “On a lighter note, I don’t know the experiences of presiding officers from other nations present here on the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature by the press and the social media.
“Here in Nigeria, what makes news is conflict between the Executive and the Legislature. The more dramatic is it, the more newsworthy it becomes.
“If you follow things in the media, you’ll be confronted by the exclusive and breaking news stories, reporting several different issues of conflicts between the Executive and the Legislature.
“I’ll pick just one. There’s one of our popular newspapers that had the caption: ‘Acting President threatens leadership of the National Assembly.’
“Now, if you see the combined sizes of the Senate President and the Right Honourable Speaker compared to mine, it’ll be a suicidal to threaten either of them let alone the two of them”.