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Breaking: President Buhari, Saraki meet over Budget 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has held a closed-door meeting with the Senate president Bukola Saraki in the Aso Rock presidential villa on Thursday, December 1.

Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant to President Buhari on new media, informed about this through his official Twitter account:

Saraki arrived in the president’s office at exactly 2.00pm.

Buhari Saraki

The meeting may not be unconnected with the 2017 budget proposal which the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved on November 30, Wednesday, for onward transmission to the National Assembly.

READ ALSO: Osinbajo to meet Saraki, Dogara, APC governors

The FEC had on November 30 approved the document, paving the way for Buhari to present it to the federal legislators.

Udo Udoma, the budget minister, had told State House reporters that it would be at the discretion of the National Assembly to decide when the budget would be presented after the President must have communicated his intention to them.

Saraki told correspondents after the meeting with the Nigerian leader that the document would be presented within the next 10 days.

The Senate president said: “I came for consultation with the President on a number of national issues. We are all getting towards the end of the year, getting the budget. Just regular consultation.

“We are ready, once the document comes to us, we are ready. I think this time around, a lot of works have taken place behind the scene.

“There is a lot more collaboration and you will see the result of that in the timeframe it will take after the President will have presented it.”

READ ALSO: Does Bukola Saraki seek Buhari’s and Tinubu’s help?

Earlier last month Buhari’s vice Yemi Osinbajo had met with Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and five governors of the APC behind closed doors at the State House, Abuja.

The meeting was aimed to resolve the rising discontent among APC governors and other stakeholders over the failure of the president to consult critical stakeholders, including governors and the party leadership in the appointments he had made so far.

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