Saraki Absent as Dogara Meets Buhari Behind Closed Doors


Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The meeting, which was held inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was believed to be part of efforts aimed at resolving the 2016 Budget controversy.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, however did not attend the meeting which lasted about 30 minutes.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, were present at the meeting.

Security men attached to the Presidential Villa barred State House correspondents from getting access to Dogara after the brief meeting.

A security gate erected at the front of the Council Chambers was locked against them when they attempted to approach Dogara as he made his way to his vehicle.