THE planned dinner by President Muhammadu Buhari the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and some principal officers of the National Assembly failed to hold last night.
The dinner was slated for the new Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja by 8:30 PM.
However, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the entourage were said to have disagreed with security officials at the pilot gate.
According to sources, the lawmakers were asked to come down from the bus conveying them so as to be issued visitors’ tags.
Not comfortable with the screening, the lawmakers were said to have turned back.
President Muhammadu Buhari has apologised to the leadership of the National Assembly over the cancellation of the planned dinner for the lawmakers in the State House.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President was to host the lawmakers to dinner at the new Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, by 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.
He, however, met behind closed doors at his official residence with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara with the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and some presidential aides in attendance.
The President was to use the opportunity of the dinner to discuss some national issues including the approved draft 2018 budget.
The draft budget was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on October 26.
Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, told State House correspondents on Thursday night that the President offered the apology after the closed-door meeting with the Senate President and the Speaker.
He said the President rescheduled the dinner with the lawmakers for Oct. 31.