Saraki, Dogara Visit Buhari, Say He’s Doing Well

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• Assure of N’Assembly’s commitment to pass budget this month
Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday visited President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, five days after he returned from London where he had gone on vacation since January 19.

The heads of the federal legislature who met with the president in his office behind closed-doors for over 40 minutes, said the meeting provided the platform to jointly review government activities when the president was away.

Answering questions from journalists on their assessment of the president’s health and particularly whether they found the president fit to discharge the functions of his office, Sarakisaid they engaged the president for over 40 minutes and the president equally engaged them.

According to him, they were not only glad that the president was back to his duty post but was also doing his job. He listed issues discussed in the meeting to include: resolutions passed when Buhari was away, including the approval of Eurobond, the confirmation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, screening of ambassadorial nominees, the ongoing budget process and the stability of the Niger Delta.

Saraki promised that the National Assembly was committed to passing the 2017 budget this month, explaining that the lawmakers were working hard to meet the March  deadline set for the passage.
“After being away for awhile, it is good for us to meet and generally review things that were done in his absence. So, it is a normal consultation. I came here to discuss the issues regarding activities in the National Assembly in his absence. The president met with us and I think we were there for over 40 minutes.

“I was not talking to myself. So, you know he was responding and we were engaging and he engaged us very well. We discussed issues of national interest. So, we are happy to see him back and he is back at the office and he is doing his work.

“Well, the budget is ongoing. Things that we passed in his absence, like the issue of the CJN, the Eurobond, just general issues that are pending, the issue of the ambassadorial nominees that is due, the stability in the Niger Delta a whole range of issues  were covered in the short period of time. We are working on it (budget) and our target is still this month and we are working every hard to ensure we meet that deadline,” Saraki stated.

In his response, Dogara who said he did not come to the Villa to assess the president, added that the National Assembly would always co-operate with the executive to ensure that the entire government succeeds.
“I didn’t come here to assess the president. Like the Senate president said, you guys are always here. You know. So, it shouldn’t be me lecturing you. You know better than I do. I have always said this even before Mr. President that in other climes, it is always the prerogative of the legislature to fight the executive.

“We fight on issues bordering on national interest but we expect to cooperate more than we fight in the interest of our people to ensure that there is progress, one government, no division. So, it is in the realisation of this that we will always extend the needed support to ensure that he succeeds so that our government will be rated as a successful one,” Dogara said.

  • vincentumenyiora

    tunaik – O’ Yeah, in one sentence indeed, and you’ll still be left wallowing in a quagmire – what I am doing is to help educate some of you by extending/ expanding the contents of my comments in the hope to jog the minds such as you have, in Nigeria and the observers a like!

  • Francis Uwaechi

    Has Saraki now been cleared for forgery?

  • vincentumenyiora

    tunaik – Yes, in one word sentence indeed that is why you people cannot understand what is the problem in Nigeria – stupid!

  • vincentumenyiora

    [According to him, they were not only glad that the president was back to his duty post but was also doing his job. He listed issues discussed in the meeting to include: resolutions passed when Buhari was away, including the approval of Eurobond, the confirmation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, screening of ambassadorial nominees, the ongoing budget process and the stability of the Niger Delta.

    Saraki promised that the National Assembly was committed to passing the 2017 budget this month, explaining that the lawmakers were working hard to meet the March deadline set for the passage.

    “After being away for awhile, it is good for us to meet and generally review things that were done in his absence. So, it is a normal consultation. I came here to discuss the issues regarding activities in the National Assembly in his absence. The president met with us and I think we were there for over 40 minutes.]

    O’Yeah, we agree with all the prognosis but the major fact remains why did you not send the names of Magu and Alhaji Babachir Davud Lawal for screening and or confirmation – a process that touched on Justice Onnoghen’s confirmation also before the President traveled to the United Kingdom for his health treatment? And for not doing it leaves open to criticism (bogs the minds of critics) for political analysts on what anti-corruption of the administration/ government is about – for window dressing or for real? I mean my solution to the improprieties could have left nobody in doubts as to what the policy is against corruption in Nigeria; it is perhaps one good reason why the UNO in 2001 asked for my solution to be re-submitted but to do so through my government or through the United Kingdom where I was domiciled at the period, for it to receive the attention it deserved as the organisation deals directly with Governments only and not individuals. Understandably, true but at the time I submitted the solution )year 1999 – 2000) I thought I was doing good to save Africans from the hash effects of corruption whilst in government or public office! You’ll notice that if they accepted the solution that early and they found ways to make it a front burner for discussions irrespective of where the solution came from – who the sponsor was, you’ll not be faced with the kind of obnoxious discoveries presently in Nigeria, for example – the solution was apt and was meant to deal with the psychology of the people, folks!

    Fortunately the solution is still very relevant to what is required in the climes in Africa – Nigeria and Kenya, tell you the truth but like I have averred; Who do you tell about these problems and he/she is willing to act and do so that early; even now they have all read my postings on crime/ impropriety yet no contact is made and they are talking about corruption and nobody is detained or punished to show such persons as example or the seriousness about the mendacity! The whole exercise is still in dare question as to whether the administration is serious or not to check the impropriety because, knowing how things work in Nigeria, soon as the term of Buhari is over, we may ‘obviously’ have a revert or a resurgence – for this reason I’ll urge the President to revisit my solution for corruption in Nigeria, folks! You’re using my Option A-4 and the finger/name readers machines idea no doubt about this claim if you refer to page [161] of my book with the government and Ken Nnamani has copy of the book! All these are to help you think realizing that you’re dealing with public matters and not private or group affairs in Nigeria!

    • tunaik

      Phew! At last we got to the end but sorry what are you saying just in one sentence?