presidency refuted media reports that President Muhammadu Buhari apologised to the Senate for the conduct of an official of the Ministry of Justice, an online medium Premium Times said yesterday.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang dismissed the reports as a misrepresentation of his comments.
RepRecent reports indicated that President Buhari had openly apologised to the Senate over the statement made by the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami.
Malami had, Friday, July 1, said that he was not answerable to the Senate.
According to a previous report, the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters had summoned Malami to appear before it to justify why he instituted forgery against the senate leadership.
Rather than appear before the senate, Malami sent the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla.
Obono-Obla later told journalists that the AGF was not answerable to the Senate.
He described the sitting of the committee as illegal and contempt of court, adding that the presidency lacked confidence in the panel.
But Buhari, according to reports, through his Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang apologised to the Senate for the remarks made by the representative of the AGF.
Enang said Malami is on an official assignment outside the country.
He promised that once the AGF returns, he would appear before the panel.
But, setting the record straight, Enang said that the development had prompted him to convene a press conference at his residence as a way of easing tensions between the presidency and the National Assembly.
“I am a presidential liaison officer and I apologise for the inability of the Attorney General to appear before the Senate when he was invited.
“He received a letter of invitation after he had already planned an official trip,” Enang was quoted as saying.
Enang said he had assured the senators that Mr. Malami would honour their invitation upon his return to the country.

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  • Bako

    I never believed that the president apologised. So will some one be punished for mis using the name of the president?