Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday said his visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo was to receive his blessing and tap from his reservoir of knowledge on how to move the Senate and the nation forward.
Mr. Saraki, who was accompanied on the visit by Senators Andy Uba, Danjuma Goje and Ahmed Yerima as well as a former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, made this known to journalists during an interview after his over two hours closed-door meeting with the ex-President at his Oke-Mosan Hilltop mansion in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
“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”.
In response to a question of how he was going about sorting out his differences with the All Progressives Congress, APC, over his election as senate president, which was in defiance of the party’s directive, Saraki 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, the senate president 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 it.
“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”.