Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Main Reason We Booed Buhari, It Wasn't A Planned Act - Lawmakers

The country's National Assembly was in chaos on Wednesday during the presentation of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The law makers interrupted and booed the president while addressing the joint session of the National Assembly.

President Muhammadu Buhari proposed a budget of N8.83 trillion for 2019.

He explained that about a quarter of the sum (N2.14 trillion) will be used for debt servicing while capital expenditure is expected to gulp N2.03 trillion.

Immediately the president mentioned his achievements, some lawmakers echoed ‘NOOOOO!’.

When Mr Buhari said, “We have weathered the storms and made progress on every front,” the opposition lawmakers screamed, “NOOOOO!”

When he said, “The economy has recovered well,‎” the lawmakers screamed in derision again, “NOOOOO!”

The president was forced to respond to the lawmakers.

”The world is watching us and we are supposed to be above this,” he said calmly.

Mr Buhari continued that his administration has succeeded in its anti-corruption campaign. The law makers shouted again, “NOOOOO!“

After the presentation,  while the pro-Buhari lawmakers chanted ”four more years,” those opposed to the president screamed, ”no more years”.

The Protest wasn't planned – Lawmaker

Kingsley Chinda (Rivers, PDP): The main reasons the lawmakers protested was because of the “insincerity” of the presidency during the implementation of previous budgets.

“The presidency has not been fair to Nigerians when it comes to budget and most often they use that to blame the legislature.

“One example is, when it comes to capital releases, you will find out that they have performed very poorly.”

He said having performed so poorly, the president ”still talks about how to turn the economy around when they have not released capital expenditures, what magic are they going to do?

“Today he told Nigerians that they have about N800 billion so far for capital expenditures as against N6.4 trillion, if you calculate that, it will give you about 16 per cent.

“What it means is that they have achieved just 16 per cent release of capital expenditures.”

“The economy cannot move with that kind of practice.”
He also said the protest was not ‘planned’.

“The protest was not planned, it was spontaneous. This morning, people just felt there was a need for it,” he said.

He also said that the law makers representing the ruling party APC also felt same way but they don’t want the express it.

“It is not just about PDP lawmakers, some of the APC lawmakers felt that because they belonged to the same political party with the president, it will not be tidy for them to come to the open.

“They are actually not happy with what is going on in the system,” he added

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