- President Muhammadu Buhari and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday, March 16, held a closed-door meeting
- However, the agenda of the meeting is not known yet at the time of reporting the meeting
- In another report, President Buhari has commiserated with all those affected by the explosion in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos state
President Muhammadu Buhari and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday, March 16, held a closed-door meeting.
Daily Trust reported however that the agenda of the meeting is not known yet at the time of reporting the meeting.
The meeting is coming on the heels of attempts by the federal government to seek the downward review of the N10.6tn 2020 National Budget following the fall of the global crude oil price due to the outbreak of Coronavirus ravaging many countries.
Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, had said the government would pursue a downward review by working with National Assembly.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has commiserated with all those affected by the explosion in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos state.
The Nigerian president in a statement on Sunday, March 15, through Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant, said he received with sadness the news of the incident which caused loss of lives and property.
Buhari condoled all residents affected by the unfortunate incident, which left many injured and destroyed property.
Buhari expressed his deepest and profound sympathies to the victims, their families, government and people of Lagos state over the incident.
In another report, several days after a video of a man trying to move too close to President Muhammadu Buhari during a visit to Kebbi state on Thursday, March 12 went viral, the Department of State Services (DSS) has explained what really happened.
The DSS made clarifications in a statement released by its spokesperson Peter Afunnaya late on Saturday, March 14 and posted on PR Nigeria.
The secret police identified the intruder as Mohammed Jammil Guddare and said he was trying to shake hands with the Nigerian leader. Guddare's action breached the presidential security protocol and he was stopped by the operatives. The man was arrested and detained for further investigation.
DSS said the initial result of its investigation is that Guddare was not a hostile person but an overzealous supporter of President Buhari.
The secret police denied reports that the intruder was shot and killed after he tried to break the security protocol to attack the Nigerian leader.
The secret police said it is still reviewing footage of the incident and will punish the operatives that allowed it to occur.
The presidency had dismissed reports alleging that Buhari was attacked in Kebbi state on Thursday when he went to declare open the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president media and publicity, in a statement explained that while the president was taking photographs with farmers at the event, a young man was so very excited to see the president so close that he made an attempt to get to him.
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