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Buhari, Saraki in closed-door meeting in Aso Rock

  • $29.9 billion loan, work-in-progress — Saraki
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, met with Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
 
The duo met behind closed-doors inside the president’s office shortly after observing Jumaat prayer at the State House mosque.
Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, accompanied the Senate President to the Villa. 
 
Saraki, however, told State House correspondents after meeting with Buhari that there was no political undertone behind the alleged rejection of President Buhari’s foreign loan request. 
 
He said the $29.9 billion foreign loan request which the Senate turned down on Tuesdaywas still a work in process. 
It would recalled that the Senate had cited “technical grounds” for rejecting President Muhammadu Buhari’s request seeking approval for the loan.
 
He advised Nigerians not to  politicise what he described as “very important issues” while clarifying that the rejection of the loan request was not a reflection of the relationship between the executive and the legislature.
He stated: “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.”