Senate President BUKOLA SARAKI says his meetings with President MUHAMMADU BUHARI is not about giving a soft landing to the executive over the request for an external borrowing of twenty nine point nine billion dollars.
According to him, the position of the National Assembly on the matter remained unchanged.
SARAKI spoke amid speculation that his meeting with BUHARI in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa would lead to the lawmakers approving the president’s plan to borrow.
Two weeks ago, the Senate rejected the president’s request to approve the request for the loan. Shortly after this, SARAKI visited the Presidential Villa and met with BUHARI many times, a development which prompted the speculation that the president might have used those meetings to persuade the Senate president to prevail on other senators to drop their opposition to the request for the loan.
In a statement yesterday, SARAKI expressed disappointment that his meetings with the president were being misconstrued to mean that the position of the Senate on the matter of the presidency’s loan request was being compromised.
In the statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, YUSUPH OLANIYONU, SARAKI advised politicians and the media to avoid making what it called “empty speculations about his recent visits to the Presidential Villa and linking such visits to the request by the BUHARI administration for approval of the National Assembly to get twenty nine point nine billion dollars loan from foreign sources.”
SARAKI also noted that the comments by some politicians on the loan issue without any factual basis were “unfortunate.”
Just on Wednesday, Ekiti State Governor AYODELE FAYOSE, urged SARAKI not to go back on the Senate’s rejection of the plan by the president to obtain the twenty nine point nine billion dollars foreign loan saying it would further ruin the economy.