President Muhammadu Buhari has apologised to the leadership of the National Assembly over the cancellation of a planned dinner for the lawmakers at the State House, Abuja on Thursday night.
The President was to host the lawmakers to dinner at the new Banquet Hall of State House Abuja at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday but it failed to take place because of a misunderstanding between security officials at the main gate and the lawmakers.
The President did, however, meet with Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, along with the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and some presidential aides on Thursday.
Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, told State House journalists late Thursday that the President offered the apology after his closed door meeting with the Senate President and the Speaker and had rescheduled the dinner with the lawmakers for Oct 31.
According to sources, the lawmakers were asked to descend from the bus conveying them to the Villa in order to be issued visitor’s tags, a routine practice at the gate, but they were said to have turned back in anger.
The president was to use the opportunity of the dinner to discuss some national issues, including the draft 2018 Budget. approved by the Federal Executive Council (Cabinet) earlier Thursday.