Saturday, 20 August 2016


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed doors with Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives for the second time in as many weeks.

The meeting lasted one hour.

The agenda was not disclosed although it is suspected to be in connection with the alleged padding of the 2016 budget by the leadership of the House of Representatives.

Dogara was accompanied to the Villa by some lawmakers from the National Assembly including Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi).

Dogara parried all questions from reporters at the end of the meeting apparently to avoid a repeat of the controversy that trailed his interview with reporters at the end of the first meeting with the President .

The following encounter ensued between Dogara and State House correspondents:

Question:How long is your (House of Reps recess) holiday going to last?

Dogara: I don’t know. You should know now because we adjourned during a plenary session. Everyone (media organizations) was there.

Que:Is your presence here part of making up with the President?

Dogara: I have not heard of that. This is a distinguished Senator from Bauchi (referring to Nazif)  and he is not a member of the House. So if I come to see the President with him, you know it is not a House matter. Make up? If there is a fight, I don’t know.

Que:But there must be an effort to make up with what is happening at the National Assembly between you and Honourable Jubrin? You just feel like seeing the President?

Dogara: Feel like?

Que:What should Nigerians expect when you resume?

Dogara: Ask me the question when we reconvene. Allow me to enjoy my recess.

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