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Presidency mounts pressure on senate over planned security summit

The Senate has begun high-level consultations with the Presidency and other stakeholders over its proposed security summit scheduled to hold in the next two weeks.

The Guardian learnt that the consultation became necessary due to apprehensions about the summit in certain circles, particularly from the presidency, the security community and even within the upper chamber.

The summit, which was earlier fixed for Wednesday and Thursday this week, was postponed within 24 hours of the Senate resolution abruptly, till the next two weeks to allow for proper planning. Sources disclosed that the criticisms against President Muhammadu Buhari over his inaction in the face of mindless killings in many parts of the country fuelled suspicions on the real motive behind the summit.

The Senate leadership was said to have received several calls seeking explanations on the summit.Also, within the Senate, a cloud of discord is beginning to gather against the summit.

The Guardian, January 21, 2018

 

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