President Muhammadu Buhari has in his Eid-El-Maulad message urged Nigerians not to lose faith in his administration yet as better days are ahead.
Mr. President urged Nigerians not to allow the reality of the temporary challenges undermine their hope, reverse our collective will to succeed, or divide us; rather it should remind us of why we need to stay together, fight together and succeed together.
His message in part read:
“We all share a vision of a better Nigeria, and we will all share in the responsibility of building the country of our dreams. As we look forward to 2017 with hope and huge expectations, let me assure you that with collective dedication and hard work, we will overcome the mountain of economic difficulties, and return our country to the path of prosperity.
“The 2017 Budget proposals which I will lay before the National Assembly on Wednesday, will contain measures that we are confident will get the nation out of its economic woods. As we celebrate and reflect, I wish all Nigerians a peaceful Eid-el-Maulud.
President Buhari, last week announced his preparedness to present the 2017 Appropriation Bill on December 14.
The President in separate letters addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the budget which was designed to bring Nigeria out of recession, would be presented before a joint session of the National Assembly next Wednesday.
The preparation towards the presentation of the budget had been mired in controversy, as the executive and the National Assembly particularly the Senate had traded blames over the 2017 budget process.
The blame game resulted in delays in the passage of the Medium Term and Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) which was submitted by Buhari on September 30 in accordance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA).