Senator Saraki discusses $29.9bn loan with President Buhari

Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met for the second time within one week with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

They met first last Friday after the Senate on Tuesday rejected Buhari’s approval request for $29.9 billion loan.

The Senate, the following Thursday also rejected Buhari’s request for approval for the 2017 to 2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

It described the MTEF as “empty.”

Saraki arrived Aso Rock Villa for the meeting on Wednesday few minutes past 3pm when the President was meeting with members of the South East Caucus in the Senate led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Eyinnaya Abaribe.

Saraki, unlike Friday, was accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang.

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After Ekweremadu and his delegation left, Saraki joined Buhari to pray in the Villa mosque before returning together to the office for their meeting, just like it happened last Friday.

The meeting was termed private as State House correspondents were not allowed to cover the meeting on Wednesday.

The Senate President, at the end of Friday meeting, had told State House correspondents that the issue of the $29.9 billion loan was work in progress.

Bukola during the encounter also warned Nigerians not to politicise the issue of the loan request.

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