Buhari, Saraki meet three times in eight days

President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Friday met behind closed doors again in continuation of consultations on the President’s $30bn loan request which was rejected by the Senate recently.

The Friday meeting was the third time the two leaders would be meeting within one week on the issue.

They had earlier met on Friday last week and Wednesday.

Like the Wednesday meeting, journalists were not allowed to cover the meeting on Friday which was described as private.

The meeting was held inside the President’s office shortly after Saraki joined Buhari for the Jumat prayers at a mosque located inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meetings are coming after the Senate rejected Buhari’s request for approval to take $30bn foreign loan.

The Senate had also dismissed the Medium Term Expenditure Framework submitted to it for approval, describing it as “empty.”

The document was said to have been returned to the executive.

Saraki had after the last Friday meeting told State House correspondents that the issue of the foreign loan was work in progress.

He had also warned Nigerians not to see the issue of the loan as a reflection of the kind of relationship that exists between the Executive and the National Assembly.

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