After what seems like an order from Mr President-in-diaspora, Muhammadu Buhari, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo finally got around to signing the 2017 Appropriation Bill, 11 days after the deadline he first set for signing it.
But not to dampen the mood. Hoorah!!! We have a budget! Who’d have guessed – 6 months into the New Year, if we can still call it that.
What follows are photos from during the budget signing and after. Apart from the fact that we in shock at the celebratory mood that signing this budget – with only weeks left till the end of the fiscal year – put these leaders, something else is disturbing – wayyy more disturbing.
We assume this is the arrival, not because Abba Kyari looks like he needs to break his fast ASAP, but because the lighting is much brighter than the other outdoor photos. (Was this explanation even necessary?)
There they are continuing the handshakes. A more logical explanation will be that they just held each other like that all the way in #BudgetRituals
And then they finally got to signing
Because it’s much darker than “Arrivals”. Or maybe because Abba finally broke into a smile in the next frame. Whatever reason you choose, let’s just agree they were done here.
As an aside: Why do Prof. Osinbajo and Dr Saraki look like boys from our High school in this frame? Minister Udoma is obviously wondering too.
Okay enough with the banter. Where are the women??????????
So this whole budget process had no female input? 8 men (not counting the Commander-in-Diaspora) and not one key female player???
Okay there she is.
Honourable Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, peeking from the farthest corner.
But do we really only have one female major player in finance at the Federal Government level?