President Buhari to take actions on IGP/Saraki issue, others – Senate Leader

President Muhammadu Buhari would soon take appropriate actions aimed at addressing the “not too cordial” relationship between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government.

The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, revealed this on Tuesday when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the closed door meeting between the President and the 10-man Senate delegation.

Lawan said Buhari had pledged to address all issues concerning the two arms of government, including the impasse between the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

He said: “Well the IGP thing was one of the issues discussed on a general note.

“But of course it is right that the committee was set up after some incidents had happened.

“But let me said that the issues are beyond IGP/Senate affair.

“We have so many other issues that bother on ensuring that we work better with the executive arm of government.

“So, the IGP issue was just one of those issues that were discussed.

“Well we have told the President all the issues that we thought we should discuss with him and of course those issues we were mandated to discuss with him and he has taken notes and would take appropriate actions.”

The Senate leader expressed the hope that the meeting would promote more understanding between the executive and the legislature for the general good of the country.

Lawan described as “normal” cases of misunderstanding between arms of government, saying efforts were being put in place to ensure that “the executive and the legislative arms are on the same page”.

It would be recalled that the Senate had on May 9 passed a vote of no confidence on the IGP, describing him as “enemy of democracy” over his failure to honour its invitations twice.

Idris, however, asked the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Joseph Habila, to represent him at the senate.

Saraki on Wednesday also accused the IGP of plotting to implicate him and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State in a murder case involving some suspected cultists.

The Senate on Thursday raised a 10-man panel to meet with Buhari over the allegation leveled against the IGP by Saraki.


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