Buhari meets with National Assembly leaders to save 2018 budget


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with principal officers of the National Assembly (NASS) to resolve deepening rift.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, Senate leader Ahmad Lawan and other principal officers as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari attended the meeting.

The two Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Mr. Ita Enang and Kawu Sumaila were also in attendance.

The meeting, which was at the instance of the leadership of NASS, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), came barely 48 hours after the President’s rejection of the Amended Electoral Act Bill sent for his signature by the Assembly.

The non-passage of the 2018 appropriation bill by the National Assembly was also said to be one of the top items on the agenda of the meeting, which commenced at about 9.10p.m, the report said.

THEWILL recalls that federal lawmakers had expressed frustrations claiming that some ministries and departments have failed to appear before it to defend their budgets.