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Executive/Senate Face-Off: Buhari Meets Saraki, Dogara
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
Reports say the legislators met differently with the President behind closed doors.
Dogara was the first to arrive the villa at about midday on Monday and headed straight for the President’s office.
Saraki, on the other hand, arrived thirty minutes later and had to wait until the President’s session with the Speaker ended before he was admitted into the President’s office.
Though the agenda of the meetings is not yet clear, it may not be unconnected with the current face-off between the Senate and the executive which had led to members of the upper legislative chamber refusing to screen the nominees for the post of Resident Electoral Commissioners sent in by the President.
The Senate had stepped down the consideration of the nominees for two weeks in protest of President Buhari’s insistence on keeping Ibrahim Magu as the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, despite the fact that the Senate had twice rejected him.
The lawmakers also cited the alleged “disrespect” and “disregard” shown to it by some appointees of the President, notably the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Hameed Ali, both of whom had refused to appear before the senate when summoned.