Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was conspicuously absent on Tuesday, when Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja over the 2016 budget.
Saraki and other principal officers of the Senate were scheduled to meet with the President in a bid to sort out grey areas of the 2016 budget originally on Friday but was reportedly put off till Tuesday because one of the principal officers meant to be at the meeting was out of town.
The President and Dogara were joined at the meeting by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang.
Reporters were however barred from speaking to the Speaker after the meeting that held behind closed doors, as the gate leading to the office of the President after the Council Chambers was locked.
When approached by reporters, Kyari, said the Speaker could not have spoken as it was only him that came, adding that the heads of the two chambers of the National Assembly needed to be present.
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