Closed-Door Meeting: I Can’t Reverse Senator Ndume’s Suspension, Saraki Tells Buhari

Senate President Bukola Saraki has stated that reversing the suspension of a former Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, is beyond his power.

The Senate president said this on Monday while speaking to State House reporters after meeting behind closed-doors with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Saraki was responding to a question on whether the Senate would reverse Ndume’s suspension following the appeal by a delegation led by Borno State Governor Kassim Shettima at the weekend.

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The Senate president stated that he wished if had such powers, saying he is just the presiding officer of the upper legislative chamber.

Saraki, who pledged to convey the governor’s message to the Senate, however noted that in such an issue, “nothing is sacrosanct or rigid.”


“We should try and understand how the parliament works. I wish I had such powers. These powers you give me, I wish I had them. The president or speaker is first among equals. They are just presiding officers.

“But unfortunately, you know the legislative arm is the youngest. People don’t understand, people give us these powers that we have. Decisions that are taken in plenary are decisions of all”.

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