Saraki blasts Fayose, others: Don’t trivialise “serious national issue”

Photo credit: The Nation
Photo credit: The Nation

A day after the Ekiti State Governor alleged that Senate President Bukola Saraki was being blackmailed by President Muhammadu Buhari on the proposed $30 billion loan, Mr. Saraki has responded.

The Senate President is a general response advised politicians not to trivialise a “serious national issue.”

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr. Fayose claimed that the president was using Mr. Saraki’s corruption trial at the Code of Conduct to blackmail the senate president into supporting the loan request by the executive.

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor Photo: DailyPost
Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor
Photo: DailyPost

The Ekiti Governor in a statement by his spokesperson on Wednesday advised Mr. Saraki and the Senate to remain firm and reject the loan request despite meetings between Mr. Buhari and the Mr. Saraki.

On Thursday, in his response, the senate president advised politicians to stop peddling speculations about his recent visits to the presidency.

The statement by Mr. Saraki’s Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja on Thursday said that politicians were linking the visits to President Muhammadu Buhari’s yet-to-be-approved $29.9 billion foreign loan request.

“In all his recent meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the issue of the proposed loan never came up for discussion,” the statement said.

It, therefore, said that the comments by some politicians on the loan issue, without any factual basis, were “unfortunate.”

“Like I once told the media, these politically-motivated commentaries are trivialising a serious national issue.

“They are presenting it as if it is a personal matter that can be decided at meetings between Saraki and Buhari.

“The National Assembly which I head as Senate President has taken a position on the issue as required of it by the laws of the land and legislative conventions,’’ the statement quoted Mr. Saraki as saying.

Mr. Saraki was also quoted as saying “the present National Assembly will make decisions based on national interest and will always act in the interest the people.

“That is why in spite of the fact that members belong to different parties, when national issues come to the floor, we forget about party affiliations and act as Nigerians elected to protect the interest of Nigeria.

“A visit to the Presidency by the Senate President is a normal thing because we need to consult, discuss, exchange ideas and make suggestions to each other from time to time.

“More importantly, at this time, when the nation is facing economic crisis, there is need for frequent engagements by the Presidency and the National Assembly.’’

The statement added that “Saraki, nonetheless, urged politicians to stop playing to the gallery or drawing political capital from all issues.

“Similarly, the media should exercise restraint in their reportage and commentaries in order to properly serve our people.”

The Senate had initially thrown out the foreign loan request, saying necessary documents on repayment, loan sources and so on where not attached. The presidency has pledged to attach relevant information and resubmit the loan request, which if approved, will be Nigeria’s largest even loan.

(NAN)


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  • marig

    Seems Saraki is now free from prosecution. Probably made a deal with judge Danladi. See he is all smiles now.

    • Mathematician

      @disqus_SJLhsMiPA9:disqus

      Muhamadu Buhari and Bukola Saraki: A case of zero × zero

      There is no time limit for prosecution of criminal acts. Bukola Saraki is just living on borrowed time,
      if he thinks President Buhari has the legal right to forgive crimes. Buhari has no such right or power.
      Whether both men romance themselves inside the villa thrice a week nowadays the result has been
      that Nigeria has only become lots worse and without hope or direction. This shows Bukola Saraki is at
      the same level of thinking, if any, with President Buhari, and if zero multiplied by zero is zero, it means
      Nigerians should burst into tears; without delay, to mourn the fall of their country into incompetent hands.

      • JP

        You can change your country.

        • Turbo

          With these set of incompetent looters you call leaders, how?

          • Nasiru Sani

            Buhari have said it time without number that he is not afraid of being proof even before he became president of this country if your semi god Jonathan is such a clean person let him come out and make such a declaration, we are waiting.

        • Turbo

          The only change they will understand is REVOLUTION!

          • Nasiru Sani

            Buhari have said it time without number that he is not afraid of being proof even before he became president of this country if your semi god Jonathan is such a clean person let him come out and make such declaration to Nigerian we are waiting.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Ekiti-State,national rogue and idiotic dirty noisy dog,Ayodele Fayose, has attracts woe and destruction unto himself and shall face outright ruin at the end. Ayo Fayose, thought he could pitched Dr Bukola Saraki against president Muhammadu Buhari. Ayodele Fayose, will end up in the penitentiary for committing serious corruption crimes against Nigerian state and Ekiti-people.

  • isaaac omafuaire

    Please, someone should tell Fayose to concentrate on chasing herdsmen and leave PMB & Saraki alone. Christmas is around the Conner . Fayose supporters need stomach infrastructure from him at xmas.

  • Iskacountryman

    bad move…mister saraki…very bad move…just keep quiet….quietly…

    • Rommel

      See your life,when Fayose was talking nonsense,were you not hailing him while spreading falsehoods that has become your occupation since GEJ lost power? and now that Saraki has come out to clarify,you are upset,your acts is shameful

      • Iskacountryman

        fayose might be garrulous…but he has never made a statement found to be untrue…so saraki is now your new found angel?…poor you…

        • Rommel

          Really? never made a statement found to be untrue you said?

          • Iskacountryman

            cite one…

          • Rommel

            First lady to be arrested if she steps foot in the United states

          • Iskacountryman

            which first lady?…did she not travel with diplomatic passport?…see dis mugu…

          • Rommel

            Did you and Fayose not know that she would be travelling with Diplomatic passport when you dared her to travel to the US? were you on drugs when you asked her to make the trip? besides,diplomatic passport does not automatically translate to immunity if criminality can be established as you can see from the ICC case and president Omar Al Bashir of Sudan where south Africa was asked to arrest him,it only means that certain courtesies should be applied for the sake of status so stop displaying half baked reasoning

          • Iskacountryman

            if criminality can be established…child…there is something called diplomatic discretion…even atikus wife was allowed to leave…and ben laden family after 9/11…

          • Rommel

            You’re talking nonsense,the bin ladens left based on private arrangements with the Bush family,they were not government officials nor saudi royal family so your diplomatic courtesy does not apply,when former head of IMF Dominique Strauss Kahn was arrested for sexual misconduct in NY,was he not using diplomatic passport?

          • Iskacountryman

            they are things you do not know…that we know…but we cannot tell…..

  • Nigerian Citizen

    Nigerians are in for a very very long walk into darkness. When the two arms of government that are supposed to be a watchdog to themselves to ensure transparency and accountabily suddenly turned into paddy paddy,then Nigerians should start looking for another Messiah because these ones are now irredeemably tainted .

  • Dipo

    Honestly I don’t know what we Nigerians want. God was helping us out by the problems between the executive and the legislature but we were complaining just because we are not ready to bear the pain but now God has seen that Nigerians are not ready for any change. So it will be business as usual until we are ready for God to make the change for us

  • George

    Buhari romancing Saraki without AISHA and TINUBU the loser is Yorubas and the entire Yorubas. SHAME ON TINUBU

    • Mide Akerele

      I think you need help. I suggest you channel your negative energy into something more profitable