The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Friday said his visit to
former President Olusegun Obasanjo was to receive his blessing and
consult him on how to assist him in moving the Senate and the nation
Mr. Saraki made this known to journalists during an interview after his
over two hours closed-door meeting with Mr. Obasanjo at his Hilltop
home in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The senate president said he and members of his delegation also came to
tap from Mr. Obasanjo’s wisdom and knowledge.
“I’m here with some of my colleagues,” Mr. Saraki said. “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.”
Mr. Saraki did not say the kind of consultation he held with Mr.
He therefore requested the former president to step in to help in the
When reporters asked him how he was sorting out his differences with
his party, he said, “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.”
Speaking on the calls for a downward review of Nigerian lawmakers’
salaries and allowances, Mr. 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
“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.”