Earlier today Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were reported to be in a closed-door meeting at the Presential Villa, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari.
While speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, the senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, said they visited the President, to discuss matters of “national interest”, adding that the president “engaged them very well”.
Saraki said they specifically “came to discuss issues and activities of the National Assembly during the absence of the president”, adding the meeting centred on the “budget, the economy, CBN, Euro bond, the issue of the ambassadorial list, the stability in the Niger Delta, and a whole range of issues”.
On his perception of the president’s state of health, the senate president said Buhari met with them for 40 minutes, adding “I was not talking to myself.? He is doing very well, we discussed issues of national interest”.
On his part, Yakubu Dogara said they were not at the villa to assess the president’s health, adding that the journalists who are always there surely knew the president was doing well.
On the relationship between the executive and legislature, Dogara said it was not in the place of the legislature to fight the executive.
“We fight on issues but mostly issues of national interest. We fight on behalf of the people for the purpose of progress. There is one government and no division. If he fails, we all fail, so it is in realisation of this that we always extend the needed support to ensure that he succeeds, so that the government will be rated as a success,” he said.