Suspended House of Representatives member, Abdulmumin Jibrin has said that Yemi Osinbajo’s statement on the 2017 budget is ‘a harmless remark’.
In a series of tweets, the lawmaker defended the Acting President, saying he only needed ‘assurance of commitment’ from the National Assembly to restore lifeted funds.
He wrote, “The Acting President made what, in my opinion, was a harmless remark when he observed that the National Assembly has no powers to introduce new projects in the budget.
“He however, admitted the powers of NASS to allocate resources as that is its core powers. I consider his statement very objective.
“His tone wasn’t confrontational, neither was his body language. Aacting President Osinbajo had a day earlier signed the 2017 budget noting that there were grey areas, especially funds lifted from key projects, to introduce new projects by NASS.
“He further stated that he agreed to sign the budget after the assurance of commitment from NASS to restore the lifted funds.
“That demonstration of faith in NASS was unprecedented, and the most generous concession in budget negotiation by a President since 1999.
“No any President has ever agreed to sign budget into law on basis of extracting commitment from NASS to attend to outstanding issues after the budget is signed into law, the reasons being:
“Once the budget is signed into law, the President MUST implement it, whether NASS makes the correction or not.”
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