House of Represen-tatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, has said that the National Assembly does not hate President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking yesterday at the launch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign in Bununu, Bauchi State, Dogara said the National Assembly was only interested in exercising its independence.

“None of us hates President Buhari and we are not against him, but we are only exercising our independence as contained in the Constitution,” he said.

“We are all looking at the plight of our people, especially insurgency, poverty and other vices that have continued to bedevil the masses.

“You can see what is happening between American president and the legislature, which is normal.”

Dogara said that Alhaji Abdulkadir Muhammed, the Bauchi State governorship candidate of the PDP, would decentralise the local government system in the state, even without the approval of the Federal Government.