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Saraki, Dogara next in line to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London

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The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, are ready to visit President Muhammadu Buhari.

A source, who declined to be quoted on the matter because he was not authorised to speak on it, said the two National Assembly leaders did not make any request before their previous visit to Buhari in London, United Kingdom.

“Only the Presidency can determine who sees the President. Saraki and Dogara can only be invited; they won’t lobby to see the President,” the source said.

It was gathered that some top leaders of the National Assembly had tried to visit the President, but it was unsuccessful.

Following the recent visits to the President in London, some of them have however been hopeful that they might be invited to see Buhari.

However, SUNDAY PUNCH gathered in Abuja on Saturday that there was no plan by the Presidency to invite leaders of the National Assembly to visit Buhari in London, where he has been receiving medical attention since May 7.

Some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, including the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; and three state governors, Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), and Yahaya Bello (Kogi), had visited the President in the British capital last Sunday.

On Wednesday, seven state governors also visited the President on the platform of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

The governors, who were led by their forum’s chairman, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, included Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).

When asked by Punch Correspondence on Saturday if leaders of the National Assembly would also be allowed to visit the President in London, a Presidency official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “there is nothing to prove.”

“Is it a carnival or a jamboree? There is nothing to prove. Even the lawmakers themselves have gone on recess for eight weeks,” the source said.

The official added that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, had earlier visited the President.

When he was reminded that the two National Assembly leaders visited only during the President’s first medical trip earlier in the year, the source said, “it is the same health saga. There is no difference.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

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Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

Mahmood Yakubu

The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will screen Mahmood Yakubu today following his re-appointment as Chairman of the Commission for a second and final term.

The Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Gaya, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday after the panel submitted the report of the 2021 budget estimates of the commission to the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

The Senate received President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter seeking Yakubu’s confirmation on Tuesday.

Also Read: 2023: Buhari Reappoints Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman

He had on October 27 announced his decision to reappoint the former INEC boss.

The president’s letter was forwarded to the committee on INEC for screening which Senator Gaya said will be carried out expeditiously.

“Precisely the re-nominated Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu is to face our committee by 2:00 pm for the required drilling, the outcome of which will determine the report to be submitted to the Senate on Tuesday,” he said.

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No Plan To Review 2021 Spending Estimates: Minister

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No Plan To Review 2021 Spending Estimates, Says Ahmed

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has expressed that there is no plan to review the spending estimates of the 2021 budget.

She has also allayed the fears of federal civil servants that the country’s entering into recession might stall the salary payments of workers.

She made this known while speaking with journalists after the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House.

Also Read: Nigeria Will Exit Recession By First Quarter Of 2021 – Finance Minister

Ahmed said even the consequential adjustment in the 2020 budget wholly addressed salary matters.

Recall that the proposed 2021 budget is currently being reviewed by members of the National Assembly.

“On the 2021 budget, we are not planning to retrieve the budget or to reverse the budget beyond the work of appropriation that the National Assembly is currently doing in consultation with us,” she said.

 

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#EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

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#EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

Geoffrey Onyeama

The federal government of Nigeria has stated that it has reached out to the United Kingdom to explain its side of the story over the #EndSARS crisis.

This follows a petition being considered by the United Kingdom to sanction officials of the Nigerian government over alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests in the country.

However, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, explained to State House Correspondents on Wednesday that Nigeria has reached out to the UK govt.

He explained that FG has presented its own side of the story to the UK govt to aid its deliberations on the matter.

This he stated after the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that a balanced view is important in such matters.

Also Read: #EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

He said: “Yes, we have reached out to the UK government. The meeting that took place were Parliamentarians and they do not speak for the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom and they have also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened.

“So, we have been in touch with them and engaging with them. Of course, as in any democracy, the members of parliament are able to also able to air their views.

“But what is important, is that a balanced picture is made available to them before they take any decision.”

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