$30billion loan: I’m not negotiating privately with Buhari – Saraki

By Editor on 17/11/2016

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President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, denied entering into any deal with President Muhammadu Buhari on the $29.9billion foreign loan the Federal Government is shopping from abroad.

Saraki, who said he was powerless to do anything about the loan outside what the members would decide on the floor of the Senate, said the speculation being peddled by politicians and the media about his visit to the presidency was untrue, as it had nothing to do with the said loan.

The Senate President, who conveyed his position through his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja on Thursday, advised the politicians linking the visits he had undertaken recently to the Villa to the President’s yet to be approved $29.9billion loan request to stop such speculations in the interest of the nation.

The statement said: “In all his recent meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the issue of the proposed loan never came up for discussion.

“Like I once told the media, these politically-motivated commentaries are trivialising a serious national issue.

“They are presenting it as if it is a personal matter that can be decided at meetings between Saraki and Buhari.

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“The National Assembly which I head as Senate President has taken a position on the issue as required of it by the laws of the land and legislative conventions.

“The present National Assembly will make decisions based on national interest and will always act in the interest the people.

“That is why in spite of the fact that members belong to different parties, when national issues come to the floor, we forget about party affiliations and act as Nigerians elected to protect the interest of Nigeria.

“A visit to the Presidency by the Senate President is a normal thing because we need to consult, discuss, exchange ideas and make suggestions to each other from time to time.

“More importantly, at this time, when the nation is facing economic crisis, there is need for frequent engagements by the Presidency and the National Assembly.

“Saraki, nonetheless, urged politicians to stop playing to the gallery or drawing political capital from all issues.

“Similarly, the media should exercise restraint in their reportage and commentaries in order to properly serve our people.”

 

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on November, 17 2016

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