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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.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.