- A former minority leader of the Nigerian Senate has criticised the uproar by lawmakers during the 2019 budget presentation by President Buhari
- Victor Ndoma-Egba said the act by the lawmakers is a show of disrespect for age
- According to him, such incident has never taken place in the history of Nigeria
The past Senate majority leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, has condemned the rowdy session at the National Assembly during the presentation of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ndoma-Egba said the incident was a display of resentfulness and a show of disrespect for age.
Speaking with journalists, in Abuja on Sunday, December 24, Ndoma-Egba, a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River said such incident has never occurred in the country before now.
Punch reports that Ndoma-Egba said: “We have not had that kind of experience in Nigeria before -we respect age. It should worry us that happened at all. It is a cultural irreverence for age."
“We all come from the background of culture of respect. No matter the level of anger, no matter the disconnect between the National Assembly and the Executive, there should be respect for age. It should have been better managed on the floor of the National Assembly."
He added that the people of south south would vote for President Buhari following unprecedented development his administration had brought to the region.
"In 2015, President Buhari got a paltry 28,000 votes and despite the low level of support, see what he has done for Cross River. Cross River remains the only state that he has visited twice. The state is well represented in government.
"We have the Chief Justice of Nigeria even though he is not a politician. You can’t run away from the fact that he became Chief Justice under President Buhari – anything could have happened.
“The Head of Service of the Federation is from Cross River state, the Auditor General of the Federation is from the state, the Minister of the Niger Delta, the NDDC Chairman, the Special Adviser on Prosecution are all from that state in addition to chairmen of boards, all for a paltry 28,000.
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“What was the record under PDP? The best we ever had as a state under the PDP was when we had Kanu Agabi as a Minister and Senator Liyel Imoke as Special Adviser. These are arguments that will be taken to the field in Cross River. It will be the height of ingratitude for any Cross Riverian not to vote for President Buhari and it will be an uncharitable ingratitude."
According to him, it is not the length of the campaign that matters, but the intensity. He said the opposition has been campaigning people have not seen the impact.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari on Wednesday, December 19, proposed a budget of N8.83 trillion for 2019 to a joint session of the National Assembly, saying the budget was prepared after wide consultations.
According to the budget, about a quarter of the sum (N2.14 trillion) will be used for debt servicing while N2.031 trillion will be used for capital expenditure.
The proposed recurrent expenditure is N4.04 trillion, statutory transfer is N492.36 billion, there is a sinking fund of N120 billion, while capital expenditure is N2.031 trillion.
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