#NASSUnderSiege: Saraki Postpones Principal Officers Meeting
The leadership of the national assembly has called off its meeting scheduled to hold at noon on Tuesday, August 7.
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun said this while speaking to journalists at the entrance of the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.
Lasun said the meeting was called off following the blockade mounted at the entrance of the complex by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
“A meeting that was scheduled for 12 this afternoon has just been called off,” Lasun said, adding: “With the situation on ground, you know a meeting cannot be peacefully held.”
The leaders were also expected to deliberate on “crucial issues” at the meeting.
Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Reps, had adjourned plenary till September 25 after security operatives laid siege to the residences of the senate president and his deputy.
But they have been under pressure to cut short the recess and reconvene to consider the supplementary budget for the 2019 election.
The President sought the approval of N242 billion for the election, of which he asked them to raise over N160 billion through virement.
Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, had said failure to reconvene parliament could lead to a shutdown of government.
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