Senate President Bukola Saraki has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) met behind closed doors yesterday at the Presidential Villa, saying the move was to ensure that there are no distractions in the effort to move Nigeria forward.
Saraki, who made the disclosure to State House correspondents shortly after the meeting with the President, said both the legislature and executive must ensure that the interest of the country is paramount irrespective of political affiliations.
“The meeting was an initiative of the President for an interaction with the leadership of the National Assembly. It was a very useful session, being the first one. This kind of interaction helps in ensuring smooth relationship between the two arms of government.
“We discussed a number of issues; some of the plans. The general commitment is that yes, the National Assembly has legislators from different parties but now we are representing Nigeria. We have a common goal to see that we work together for the interest of the country as a whole.
“We are talking about what will make Nigeria work; we are talking about the promises we made during elections. Those are the big issues we are talking about and to ensure that there are no distractions. The focus is to ensure that the executive arm does things in the interest of the county,” he said.
The closed-door meeting which was held at the First Lady’s Conference Room in the State House yesterday night, was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bubachir David Lawal; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Suleiman Lasun; Senate Leader, Ali Ndume; Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, and Deputy Majority Leader, Bala Ibn Na’alla.