Buhari, Senate president meet behind closed doors inside Aso Rock

Buhari, Senate president meet behind closed doors inside Aso Rock

- A meeting is holding in Abuja between Muhammadu Buhari and Ahmad Lawan of the Senate

- The issues of discussion are not yet known, but a presidential spokesperson confirms the meeting between the duo

- The two Nigerian leaders are meeting days after the Senate deliberated on challenges of insecurity in the country

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, June 21, met behind closed doors with Ahmad Lawan, the president of the Nigerian Senate.

The meeting was confirmed by an aide to President Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, who posted the information on his personal Twitter handle.

As at the time of this report, details of the meeting had not been made known, but Ahmad simply said the meeting held at the State House in Abuja.

Legit.ng reports that the meeting is taking place less than two weeks after the members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly promised to see Buhari over the state of insecurity in the country.

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The report by Legit.ng had said: "In a renewed effort against insecurity across the country, the leaders of the National Assembly (NASS) have agreed to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and the service chiefs.

"The ninth Senate, marking its one year anniversary on Thursday, June 11, reached the consensus to take the bull by the horn amid alarming rises in killing and attacks on villages in some states."

The report added that Senator Abubakar Kyari representing Borno North constituency moved the motion mandating the NASS leadership to meet with the president.

Legit.ng had also reported that a bill to clip the powers of the president to ensure security appointments is not concentrated in one region of the country was before the Senate.

The bill sponsored by the minority leader of the upper chamber, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is tagged: “Armed Forces Service Commission and other related matter 2020.”

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Sources in the know say Abaribe's bill was prompted by public complaints of non-adherence to federal character principle in the appointment of service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, had, on Wednesday, January 30, said that contrary to call for the sack of service chiefs, their fate was not discussed at the security meeting which took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Monguno said while speaking with State House correspondents on Thursday, January 30, said the resolution reached by the lawmakers of the National Assembly on the sack of the service chiefs who have overstayed their approved 35-years of service was not discussed.

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