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Buhari apologises to lawmakers over treatment at Villa gate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday apologised for the way principal officers of the National Assembly were allegedly treated by security officials at the presidential villa.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement last night, saying that Buhari will on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, host the leadership of the National Assembly to dinner at the Presidential Villa.

Mr. Saraki, who also spoke briefly with reporters, said they had a fruitful discussion with the president, saying “that is what is important.”

The senate president said Nigerians should not be concerned with the minor incident earlier in the day.

Newspeakonline reported that the lawmakers and security officials at the villa had a disagreement when the security officials insisted that the principal officers, apart from Saraki and Dogara, leave the bus in which they came for security check. This angered the lawmakers, and Saraki ordered U-turn if they will not all be allowed in the bus.

At a private dinner with the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, at the State House, President Buhari said the dinner, earlier arranged for Thursday, October 26, will now hold on Tuesday.

Adesina said the new date is occasioned by a security mix up that attended the earlier scheduled meeting.

Thursday’s dinner meeting was attended by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang and Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (House of Representatives), Sumaila Kawu.

 

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