A Ramadan dinner which President Muhammadu Buhari planned to hold with leaders of the National Assembly yesterday could not hold because of President’s scheduling challenges.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said in a statement that the president’s Iftar for the leadership of the National Assembly was postponed and to be rescheduled for another date.
“This arose from the clash of schedules. You know the President spent the first fourteen days of the fast out of the country.”
While explaining that the schedule was put up hurriedly on the President’s return to ensure that all interests were accommodated, Mr. Garba said it is expected that a new date will be appointed.”
Reacting to the speculation that the event was put off at the instance of the legislators, spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, said it will be unfair to accuse the lawmakers of postponing what they did not fix in the first instance.
“Nobody should say we refused to honour the president’s invitation. They were the ones that brought the idea of the dinner, and they were the ones that postponed it,”
It will be recalled that the Senate on Wednesday drew the battle line with the Executive over alleged attempt to destabilise the national assembly and forcefully remove the President of the Senate and his Deputy.