Amid cold war between the newly elected officers of Nigeria’s eighth National Assembly and the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Friday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to him, he was there to receive his blessing and consult him on how to move the Senate and the nation forward.
Saraki told journalists during a chat after his closed-door meeting with the ex-president at his Hilltop home in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, that he and members of his delegation also visited him to tap from Obasanjo’s wisdom and knowledge.
“I’m here with some of my colleagues.
“Since I’ve been the Senate President, as one of our fathers, the former president, we are here to pay our homage to him, to seek his advice, to get his blessing and also to consult.
“We all know President Obasanjo’s value to this country and we are here to tap from his wisdom, knowledge and experience.”, he said.
On strained relationship between the Assembly’s principal officers and the (APC), Saraki noted, “As you can see, things are moving smoothly. Definitely, be rest assured that all that would be put behind us very shortly. We are very confident about this.”
When asked to comment on calls for a downward review of the legislators’ allowances, Saraki said, “Well, I think already that is in progress. If you remember last time, it was about N150billion and it’s coming down to N120billion.
“I think the situation in the country deserves that every public servant must make sacrifices and whatever sacrifice that is necessary, we will do it.
“And that is being done. So, be rest assured that we are sensitive, we are aware of the situation in the country and if we are going to lead, we must lead by example. And we would do that.”, he assured.