Saraki Visits London, Efforts to enable Senate President Bukola Saraki meet the president in London recently was not successful. Accoording to report by the Nigerian Tribune theres every indication that there were plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with Senate President Bukola Saraki in London.
Saraki had earlier this week, traveled to London to attend the graduation ceremony of his son at the London School of Economics. Sources quoted in the report stated that that the Senate President, who left Nigeria on Wednesday, July 12 was billed to meet with President Buhari later that same day. While a government source said the meeting was underway as at press time, another source in Saraki’s media office said tersely that “there was no meeting” and that the Senate president would come back to Nigeria yesterday Saturday, July 15.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical vacation in London has not prevented him from keeping tabs with developments in Nigeria, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to the president is a testament to the fact that the president is in constant touch with those back home.
Other sources quoted in the report, however, said the meeting was to be a follow-up to Tuesday’s meeting of the president with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
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Another source quoted in the report said the president was worried by the seeming intractable crisis between the executive and the legislature leading to a near shutdown of the government.
the source stated that “We have it on good authority that the president is disturbed that a near collapse of his administration could be at hand following the all-out battle between the executive and the legislature. The president is seeking a resolution of all issues in contention and when he comes, he will be able to mend fences where necessary,”
It was gathered that President Buhari and Saraki planned to “further iron out certain outstanding issues during the meeting scheduled for Friday evening.” Besides, the meeting between Buhari and Saraki, it was gathered, was in an effort to keep the government united despite Buhari’s absence.