Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara will meet on Thursday. The meeting scheduled for 12noon will discus “national issues”. Expected to be in attendance are other officers of the National Assembly.
Bamikole Omisore, Saraki’s Special Assistant on International Relations confirmed this on Monday. Omisore tweeted: “NASS leadership will tomorrow meet at noon to consider some national issues. The National Assembly leadership comprises both @NGRSenate and @HouseNGR . ”It will be followed by another meeting with the leadership of @inecnigeria led by its chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu.”
There is an allegation that lawmakers loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari are plotting to re-open both chambers of the assembly. The meeting is coming at a time the presidency urged the National Assembly to cut short its ongoing vacation in order to attend to pending matters that required urgent attention. The Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang made the request.
“We are appealing to Senate leadership and all caucuses of the national assembly to see this as a clarion call for the good of the nation. “As the liaison officer between NASS and the federal government, I know it is not the intention of the lawmakers to make Nigerians suffer,” he had said.
The announcement also came hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan at the presidential villa in Abuja.