Buhari, Saraki meet over 2017 budget again

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January 11, 2017 | 4:35 pm
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President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President, Bukola Saraki have met behind closed doors again at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Saraki told reporters his frequent visits is part of talks on the budget which is currently before the National Assembly.

President Buhari on the 17th of December last year submitted the N7.29trillion budget of recovery and growth to the National Assembly just before they proceeded on recess. The lawmakers resumed on Tuesday.

His visit on Wednesday it was gathered may also not be unconnected with the reshuffle that took place at Senate yesterday when the Majority leader, Ali Ndume was replaced with Ahmad Lawan.
Ndume had become controversial in his last days as majority leader going against the stand of the Senate in the issue of confirmation of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu. After the senate took its stand, Ndume had told journalists at the State House that the senate had not taken a clear stand on Magu.

Officials at the Presidential Villa said Lawan will be visiting President Buhari later in the day.

The visit of Senate President has become more frequent in the past weeks signaling some form of camaraderie between the two. The relationship between the two had hitherto to been frosty following the process that installed the senate president.

However, Saraki now visits the presidential villa to join President Buhari for prayers and hold meetings with him.

Speaking with journalists after the meeting which lasted for about 30 minutes Saraki said it was important to continue meeting with the President in view of the issues before them, especially the budget.

“You know getting the government going, getting the National Assembly moving and as you know there is nothing more important to us now than the budget process and the work we need to do in those areas” he said.

The Senate President also denied claims of crises in the National Assembly, following the change of the majority leader stating that “things like this do happen and as you said the institution us bigger than everybody and I am sure that he and everybody else will always work for the interest of the institution and for the interest of the country. Everything is calm, solid and fine”.

He also denied reports that he sacrificed Ndume stating that “Do I look like someone that does things like that?

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