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Saraki 'I went to Aso Rock to pray, nothing more' - Senate President

The Senate President said he was not at the villa to discuss the Buhari's rejected $30 billion loan request.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki has clarified the purpose of his visit to Aso Rock on Friday, November 4.

Saraki, who met with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Villa, said he was just there to observe the Jumat prayers.

It has been speculated that Saraki's meeting with Buhari on Friday was about the $30 billion loan request by the President, which the Senate rejected on Tuesday.

Saraki, who spoke to State House correspondents after the Jumat prayers, said the President's proposal to borrow $30 billion from external sources is work in progress.

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He noted that the rejection of the proposal by the senate is not a reflection of the relationship between the executive and the legislature.

Saraki said: "I came here to pray, I have finished praying and I just had a general felicitation with the president. It didn’t go beyond that.

"We should not look at that as a reflection of the relationship. Don’t let us politicise very important issues. As we said this is work in progress."

The Senate had said it rejected the loan request because there were no vital documents to back it up.

The Presidency, however, said it will re-present the proposal to the Senate with all the necessary documents.

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