Invasion of National Assembly, embarrassment to Nigeria-Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has described the invasion of the National Assembly by hoodlums as an embarrassment to Nigeria.

Buhari stated this Monday during his closed door meeting with the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja shortly after Buhari returned from his weekend trip to his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

Saraki, who spoke to newsmen after the meeting said, “We talked on the issue of concerns to us: the invasion of the National Assembly, which he showed great concern and he said action will be taken to investigate it.”

The National Assembly was invaded in April by political thugs allegedly sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, which he (Omo-Agege) denied.

Invitation of IG over Dino Melaye

Both leaders of the National Assembly also said that Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was reported to the President over his handling of the case involving Senator Dino Melaye.

Senator Melaye has been in the custody of the police over his indictment in cases of violence in his home state of Kogi.

Dino turned down several invitations of the police authority.

And when he was arrested in Abuja, he jumped off from police van, while being taken to Lokoga to face prosecution, which landed him in the hospital ,where he was chained to the hospital bed so that he wouldn’t escape again.

The police boss was invited by the lawmakers, but Mr. Idris failed to honour their invitation personally, he sent a representative instead.

The National Assembly saw that as a disrespect to the legislative body.

That case has generated lots of reactions from Nigerians.

Approval of 2018 Budget

They also confirmed that the issue of 2018 Appropriation Bill still before the National Assembly was also raised.

“We came on the invitation of Mr. President. He wanted to brief us on his trip to the United States and also the issue of the budget.

They didn’t say much about it, but Saraki simply said, “Hopefully, it should be laid this week. If it can be laid this week and passed early next week. We are hoping it will be laid this week.”

They, however, said the issue of the impeachment against President Buhari in the National Assembly over Buhari’s approval for the payment of $496m for fighter jets wasn’t discussed.

The president later sought the approval of the Federal lawmakers, which critics called “putting the cart before the horse.”

It dominated social media discussion for almost two weeks.

Relationship between the executive and the legislature

Relationship between the two arms hasn’t been palatable as political calculations ahead of 2019 General Elections began, but both parties had always said “all is fine”

Again, when Saraki was asked about their relationship, he said, “Our being here was the initiative of Mr. President to brief us on his visit to America and to engage in discussions and I think that is a good sign.

“We, at the National Assembly, have always been ready to give all our support to the executive and we will continue to work along those lines.

“As I said, the presidential system that we operate, we sometimes have the responsibility to check the excesses of the executive. So, there will always be times we will disagree but by and large, we will always work for the interest of Nigerians and always keep on moving on.”

Before their meeting today, it has been speculated that Saraki might cross to another party for a greener pasture, possibly to fulfill his presidential ambition.

He has denied it.

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