According to reports, President Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn the 2016 budget he presented to the National Assembly from Saraki, and Saraki handed it over it him out of fear. If this is really true, it means that the National Assembly does not have the budget any more. Saraki and Dogara could not stand up for our democracy.
Now which president does that? A President presents a country’s budget and takes it back despite all joy and enormous hope that were born when the 2016 budget was presented before the year started. The action has left Nigerians baffled and wondering who or what led to the decision to withdraw it and why the Senate is not saying anything about it
It is widely believed that it could have been withdrawn due to the amount of criticism and drama it caused when Nigerians launched a campaign tagged #BudgetOfYams online by the organization @BudgItNg. It has equally not escaped the minds of many that this is happening just after IMF Boss made some comments about not giving any loan to Nigeria and insisting that Nigeria can handle its Budget by looking deep within itself.
However, the Federal Government on Wednesday had denied withdrawing the 2016 Budget proposal presented to the National Assembly in December.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun also disputed the allegation, calling it false while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Lai Mohammed;
When somebody from the Daily Trust called me, I told him categorically that there is nothing like that. When a story like this breaks out, I believe it will help all of us to actually be able to pin point the source.
I know for a fact that this administration has not withdrawn the budget from the National Assembly.”
I think the first point to make is that this government is not micro-managing any of the anti-graft agencies. I know for a fact that they don’t contact the President or anybody before they do their job. I think the media also has to do more than they are doing right now, they should investigate these allegations and also make their independent judgment about it.
Honestly if the EFCC or ICPC says that they are able to trace certain amount of money to my account, I don’t want you to believe it, I want you to also ask for proof, do your investigation. I can assure you that this government, no functionary in government micromanages or directs the EFCC or ICPC on who to arrest and who not to arrest.”
Who Do You Believe?