- Senator Shehu Sani is of the opinion that President Buhari shouldn't have signed the budget
- According to him, signature, grudgingly or happily is the crown of consent
- He said the Senate will point by point respond to the issues raised by the president concerning the 2018 budget
An All Progressives Congress (APC) senator, Shehu Sani, has said President Muhammadu Buhari shouldn't have signed the 2018 Budget.
Sani was reacting to complaints by the president that the National Assembly made cuts to the budget, which would affect many capital projects.
The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, said the president signing the document was consent.
He wrote on Twitter: “The pen for our signatures should be propelled and controlled by the force of our conscience and not the force of compulsion.
“The president should not have signed a document he considers full of infractions. Signature, grudgingly or happily is the crown of consent."
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He added: “The committee on appropriation publicity stated that the adjustment was done in concert and concord with the ministers. Why is there no denial yet? And if the ministers acted without the consent of the president why are they not yet fired?
“I can confirm that the relevant persons in the Senate will point by point respond to the issues raised by Mr President. One side of the story cannot produce a fair judgment.
“The president supposed to reject and return the budget and not sign on what he considers wrong. Signatures should reflect our conscience and not our compulsion.”
President Buhari who signed the 2018 budget on Wednesday, June 20, said that the National Assembly made cuts amounting to N347 billion in the allocation to 4,700 projects submitted to it for consideration.
He also said that 6,403 projects were injected, amounting to N578 billion, stressing that many of the project cuts were critical and may be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation.
He however promised to send a supplementary budget to cushion the effect of the cuts.
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