Saraki Consolidates Senate Presidency, Receives British Envoy

Saraki Consolidates Senate Presidency, Receives British Envoy

By Sheryl Sanni | Staff Reporter on June 13, 2015
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Senator Bukola Saraki speaking during a meeting with the press corp on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | NAN

Despite the All Progressives Congress’ (APC), refusal to come to terms with the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as the newly elected Senate President of the 8th Senate, Saraki is taking steps to consolidate his hold on the Red Chamber.

The Senate President has received the support of some foreign nations including the United Kingdom (UK), which have pledged to support Saraki’s administration in the Senate and also support his bid for the establishment of a stable people oriented parliament.

Senate President,  Senator Bukola Saraki and British High Commissioner, Dr. Andrew Pocook in his office today

Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and British High Commissioner, Dr. Andrew Pocook (Credit: Vanguard)

The UK High Commisioner, Dr. Andrew Pocook led a delegation to pay a courtesy call on the newly elected Senate President on Friday, June 12, 2015. During the visit to his office, Saraki stated that since Nigerians deserved the best of governance, he was pledging a very good and stable working relationship with Britain to ensure that Nigeria moves forward.

He reminded the High Commissioner that the task ahead for the new administration is great and as such needed the UK’s collaboration in handling them reinforcing that challenges can be surmounted only when hands are joined together.

Saraki also commended the bilateral relationship between the two countries and assured them of the determination of the new administration to fulfill its obligations towards national development. He thanked them for refreshing the existing mutual relationships of the two countries emphasizing that Britain will always be a country that Nigeria looks to for infrastuctural and socio security development.

He said; “I am very delighted to receive Your Excellency in my office barely 48 hours of my resumption in office. This shows the level of commitment the British government has towards the course of Nigeria.”

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was also present at the very brief visit.

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