Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has encouraged newly-elected leaders of the National Assembly to be professional in carrying out their mandate.

He encouraged them to view their elections beyond the "narrow interests" of respective political parties.

"The Nigerian people look up to the new National Assembly to work with the executive arm in finding solutions to the problems of insecurity, poverty, illiteracy and joblessness in the country. Their election is indeed a call to duty, and it is a call for which they cannot afford to fail the nation," Abubakar said.

Abubakar, the All Progressives Congress executive noted that with the elections of its presiding officers, the 8th National Assembly should swing to work and put the overall national interest beyond the personal political interests of its members.

He said that with the election of its presiding officers, the eighth National Assembly had prepared the ground work for a full legislative business.

While congratulating the new leaders of the Parliament on their election, Atiku reminded every member of both the Senate and the House of Representatives of their responsibilities to their constituents, which, he said, is to put national interest before their individual political interest.

Abubakar's sentiments follow the election of the National Assembly leaders on Tuesday.

Bora Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu have been elected and retained as Senate President and Deputy respectively. Yakubu Dogara has been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.

– CAJ News