In an abrupt and unannounced manner, the members of the National Assembly [NASS] boarded three NASS coaster buses headed to Aso Rock for an emergency meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at 3pm today. Members who were summoned by President Jonathan to the Villa, exited the NASS building through the back away for the public view. Information available to 247ureports.com indicate that the President, following the failed attempt by the Senator to cast a vote of no confidence on his administration, summoned the lawmakers to a ‘closed door’ briefing and discussions.
It is recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday escaped the angst of Nigeria’s lawmakers at the Upper Legislative Chamber due to the worsening security situation and the manner the radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram had been handled.
The latest development comes on the heels of the Federal Government recent proposal to slash the budget of the NASS by near 50% – of which sources close to the NASS member indicate that the lawmakers remain unhappy over the proposed reduction in their pay and budgets, and have sought to set traps for the President, in return.
But one of the NASS members who spoke to 247ureports.com revealed that more delicate issues were raised that bordered on security and other pertinent but tangential issues. The lawmaker informed that the country appears at a “point of tough decisions“. He denied that any monies were shared at the session. But close aides to the lawmakers revealed that monies were disbursed amounting to over 1billion Naira.