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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Legislature -Executive Relationship: Loan request rejection not political - Saraki

The senate president has dismiss insinuation in some quarters of a face-off between both arms of government.

Doctor Bukola Saraki asked Nigerians not to politicize the Senate's rejection of the president's request for $29.9B loan.

Saraki spoke to State House correspondents when a closed door meeting with President Buhari, after the Jumat prayers on Friday.

“I just had a general felicitation with the President. It did not go beyond that.

“We should not look at that (the loan request) as a reflection of the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

“Don’t let us politicise very important issues. As we said, this is work in progress, nothing to worry about,’’ he said.

The Senate President had earlier joined President Buhari and hundreds of other Muslim faithful in performing the 2-Raka’at Juma’at (Friday) prayer, at the State House Mosque.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said the executive would continue to engage the Senate on the benefits of the borrowing plan.

He expressed optimism that at the end of the day, the lawmakers would see reason and approve the President’s request.

“It is not unusual for the government and the Senate to have some disagreements; they (senators) want more information.

We will continue to engage them. We will give them all the information they need.

“We are sure that by the time we finish, they will approve the request,’’ he said.

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