Buhari meets Saraki, Kwankwaso


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed door with the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

He also met with a former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Buhari met with the two senators separately in his office shortly after they joined him for Jumat prayers at the main mosque inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Saraki was accompanied to the President’s office by Senator Danjuma Goje.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, also attended the Friday prayers but left immediately after the prayers ended.

Saraki later told State House correspondents that it would not be right to politicise the matter by reducing the issues surrounding the Federal Government’s loan request to the relationship between the executive and the legislative.

He said, “I came here to pray. I have finished praying and I just had a general felicitation with the President. It did not go beyond that.

“We should not look at that (the loan request) as a reflection of the relationship between the executive and the legislature.

“Don’t let us politicise very important issues. As we said, this is work in progress.”

Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, had on Tuesday said Buhari’s request for $29.9bn foreign loan was rejected due to technical issues.

Briefing journalists shortly after plenary, Ndume, said he was shocked that the request suffered a setback and expressed optimism that the issues would be resolved and the request would be represented.

He said, “The problem came on a technical ground; it is supposed to go to the committee level and the committee is supposed to take a look at it.

“I am going to appeal to my colleagues to take a look at it again and see how we are going to bring it back.”

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