President Muhammadu Buhari has finally ruled out the possibilityof breaking the Ramadan fast with the embattled President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu; and other leaders of the National Assembly.
Since his return from his leave on June 19, Buhari had hosted different groups to Iftar, during which they broke their fast with him.
Those who the President had hosted so far included security chiefs, members of the Federal Executive Council, serving and retired judges, traditional rulers, Christian and Muslim clerics, leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, members of the business community and members of the diplomatic corps among others.
Penultimate Wednesday, it was learnt that Buhari was scheduled to host the leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly to Iftar.
A few hours before the scheduled take-off time, however, the event was put off.
With the Ramadan fast ending on Monday (today) or Tuesday, our correspondent on Friday asked Shehu if a new date had been fixed for the botched dinner.
The presidential spokesman admitted that Buhari would no longer be able to meet the National Assembly leaders before the end of Ramadan.
He however said the development was not the making of anybody.
Shehu said, “You will recall that the President spent most of the days in the Ramadan month outside the country.
“By the time he returned, a schedule had already been made for him on those he would be receiving daily.
“On the day fixed for the National Assembly leaders, most of them had prior engagements and so the event could not hold. It is difficult to begin to adjust the schedule when others fixed for other days have been duly informed. It is not by anybody’s making.”