Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday described as untrue a statement by the Presidency that the 8th National Assembly under his leadership did not organize any security summit to address the insecurity challenges in the country.
Saraki in a statement titled ‘8th Senate Did Organise a Security Summit At NAF Conference Centre on Feb. 8 and 12, 2018’ and signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) Abubakar Bukola Saraki Media Office said those representing President Muhammadu Buhari must ensure their facts are based on truth and not falsehood.
“The Media Office of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the immediate-past President of the Senate, notes with dismay the claim contained in the seventh paragraph of a press statement released on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 and signed by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) in which President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying that “he tried very hard to get the 8th (National) Assembly to do same (organise a security summit) for the sake of the country “and I didn’t succeed much. But time has proved me right”.
“The President was said to have made the claim while receiving the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26, 2021 by the 9th House of Representatives from Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
“On a matter as sensitive and important in the scale of constitutional responsibilities of the legislature like security, it will be irresponsible of us not to state the true situation concerning the claim by the Presidency. We need to inform the general public that the 8th Senate, without any prompting from the Presidency, organised a well attended two-day Security Summit on February 8 and 12, 2018”.