2016 budget not perfect, we welcome criticisms, Presidency tells Nigerians

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The Presidency on Sunday stated that it will welcome “well-meaning criticism” of its policies, budget and expenditure.

Reacting to the mounting criticism of some controversial allocation in the 2016 Appropriation Bill currently being debated by the National Assembly, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement that criticism is the only way the Muhammadu Buhari administration will achieve the change promised Nigerian.

He said copies of the budget were at the National Assembly and the website of the budget office and Nigerians who are interested can read it with a view of making observations.

However, in what is his second response to a report by PREMIUM TIMES that the 2016 budget proposal, currently being debated at the National Assembly, allocated more funds for capital projects at the State House Medical Centre than all teaching hospitals in the country, Mr. Shehu said the budget office confirmed that more money was allocated to the teaching hospitals than the State House hospital.

“In reaction to a newspaper story that said: “2016 Budget: Buhari to spend more on State House Clinic than on all federal government-owned teaching hospitals,” the Budget Office supplied a summary of the allocations to the various sectors under the Ministry of Health, which showed clearly that the published story was inaccurate. The budget office has affirmed that in terms of both capital and recurrent allocations, the draft budget has put far more money in the 17 teaching hospitals than it did in the State House Clinic,” he said.

As explained after the original statement by Mr Shehu, PREMIUM TIMES maintains that at no time did our story compared both recurrent and capital allocations to the teaching hospitals with those of the State House clinic. Our report specifically compared the allocation for capital projects of the State House clinic to allocation for capital projects of the teaching hospitals.

Just like we stated in our story, we maintain that the presidency proposed to spend more on capital projects at the State House clinic than it proposed to spend in all teaching hospitals combined.

Budget not perfect

In the statement, Mr. Shehu admitted that the budget may contain some imperfection and that the government is open to corrections from Nigerian.

“We are not by any stretch of imagination suggesting that the draft budget is beyond comments or reproach. Nor do we wish to dwell on this simply to make a point.

“To do that will drive away good citizens from pointing out needed corrections and, ultimately defeating the change mantra of the administration,” he said.

“The budget is a Nigerian budget and citizens reserve the right to examine its content and provide their own perspectives.

“As the draft goes through the approval process, this and many other aspects will continue to generate interest, criticism, commendation and sometimes condemnation in discussions in the parliament, the media and the court of public opinion. We believe that the process of “change” will be affected by, and stands to gain from these debates especially where there is good faith on all sides.

“Government has no reason whatsoever to mislead the citizens on the budget and on all other matters for whatever reason,” he added.

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  • √๏и๏

    What good is criticism, if the person being criticized thinks he needs to give permission to the critics?

    I hate dictators!

    • kunbi

      @187665873247990:disqus

      Buhari fluffed his lines and then lost the scripts. There’s nothing else to expect – but apology for failure.

  • B.Okanlawon

    Premium Times Editor,

    PRESIDENT BUHARI IS NO LONGER CONNECTED to the people. The public grouse over the 2016 budget
    is not because it is imperfect; no, but because it is almost senseless. The Buhari 2016 budget is the exact
    opposite of perfection, not a grade below perfection, but utterly meaningless. The last thing Nigeria needs
    in today’s recession, is a budget of ₦1.8 billion for Buhari’s food and drinks. The last thing Nigeria needs
    in today’s recession, is a budget of ₦39billion to run Buhari’s office – an amount higher than the entire budget of the
    Ministry of Solid Minerals. The last thing Nigeria needs in today’s recession,is a budget of ₦189million to buy
    tyres for the cars in Buhari’s presidential office. Overall, this is not a budget of CHANGE. It is an artifice for THEFT.

    • Pointblank007

      After seven [7[ months without any single policy initiative announced, is it not obvious Buhari is blank?

      Buhari just invoked CHANGE for the sound rather than for the meaning and he’s made a mess of CHANGE.

  • Comment

    • “Shocking details emerged from the recently presented 2016 budget that the executive arm of government

    will spend the lion share of N5.87 trillion or about 96.5 per cent of the total N6.1 trillion. Then, about N205 billion
    (or 3.5 per cent) goes to the other arms of government. The Legislature and the Judiciary will get N115 billion

    and N90 billion respectively, Vanguard revealed. The breakdown of the budget also indicates that the federal
    government intends to spend N39 billion in running the Office of the President, with major allocations going to

    car purchase at N3.9 billion; and, another N189 million to change tyres for specified vehicles in the Presidency.”

    ………….NIGERIA BULLETIN

  • Comment

    “Shocking details emerged from the recently presented 2016 budget that the executive arm of government will spend
    the lion share of N5.87 trillion or about 96.5 per cent of the total N6.1 trillion. Then, about N205 billion (or 3.5 per cent)
    goes to the other arms of government. The Legislature and the Judiciary will get N115 billion and N90 billion respectively, Vanguard revealed. The breakdown of the budget also indicates that the federal government intends to spend N39 billion
    in running the Office of the President – with major allocations going to car purchase at N3.9 billion; and, another N189
    million to change tyres for specified vehicles in the Presidency.”

    ………….NIGERIA BULLETIN

    • xwp2000

      @Comment.

      I have no hope
      in President Buhari. He is as bad as the status quo. Nothing he’s done in
      office points at CHANGE. Buhari just duped Nigerians with mere slogan. If a
      budget proposal were deemed as a presidential statement to the Legislature;
      vouchsafed as true, Buhari will stand impeachable for fraud. His submitted
      education budget shows 10 billion Naira mark higher for civil servants’
      salaries in the Ministry of Education than for all parastatals under the same
      Ministry of Education. Nobody in the Ministry of Education could justify this
      fraud at the Senate Committee hearing. The best course to take now is for the
      Senate to reject the useless Buhari 2016 budget in entirety as fraud wrapped in
      mystery.

  • Comment

    This is the best budget the world has ever seen! If this is what Premium Times wants us to write to be published,
    will the Editors now publish this patronizing letter, since your readers can read between the lines as it is now.

    • apeecee2016

      APC IS A PARTY OF ILLITERATES AND ILLITERATES ARE THE MAJORITY IN NIGERIA;
      SO, APC WON THE 2015 ELECTION. VERY SIMPLE LOGIC. ONLY THE SHALLOW CAN
      CALL TO THE SHALLOW. UP ILLITERATES, UP APC! ILLITERACY FOREVER, UP APC!

  • Comment

    • “Shocking details emerged from the recently presented 2016 budget that the executive arm of government will spend
    the lion share of N5.87 trillion or about 96.5 per cent of the total N6.1 trillion. Then, about N205 billion (or 3.5 per cent)

    goes to the other arms of government. The Legislature and the Judiciary will get N115 billion and N90 billion respectively, Vanguard revealed. The breakdown of the budget also indicates that the federal government intends to spend N39 billion
    in running the Office of the President with major allocations going to car purchase at N3.9 billion; and, another N189
    million to change tyres for specified vehicles in the Presidency.”

    ………….NIGERIA BULLETIN

  • O’Jose

    …My people……it’s not looking good yet O……Buhari is losing goodwill…… more than he’s gaining it
    …..and now, after 7 months…..he’s got negatives …… …….numbering enough to write a book……….
    from his blunders overseas…..to this huge suspicion…that he’s just another Fulani Islamist hegemonist
    ………..and northern tribalist……but, that’s a smelly body odor to carry around…….
    if it includes jumping the window of parliament….to forge BUDGET bills……..and….
    ….winking at the genocide of Shiite Muslims……..as well as murders committed…
    ……………daily by the mad and maddening Fulani herdsmen…………

    • Burning Spear

      It is really sad that Nigeria could descend to this level of madness with a mad Fulani cowhand like Buhari–No President ever, ever attempts to pull his people down when abroad—But Buhari who could not even pass his school cert is calling Nigerians criminals-in London–The very man who stole our 2.8b and has a house in London which he lied about——–now says Nigerians are all thieves! We warned them 9jas but tribal or regional sentiments took the better part of their brains——so helped the CIA to kick Jonathan out–with the aid of the Yorubas in the white house led by Obj at home–Buhari na thief and he should go–period————Just trying to lie his way through his satanic ideas 4 9ja via the Yorubas-who are prepared to murder their own Mamas ati papas for money. Separation isn te only answer to our woes now that oil is selling at 5 cents per barrel–let my people go!

  • Okanlawon

    PRESIDENT BUHARI IS NO LONGER CONNECTED to the people. The public grouse over the 2016 budget
    is not because it is imperfect; no, but because it is almost senseless. The Buhari 2016 budget is the exact
    opposite of perfection, not a grade below perfection, but utterly meaningless. The last thing Nigeria needs
    in today’s recession, is a budget of ₦1.8 billion for Buhari’s food and drinks. The last thing Nigeria needs
    in today’s recession, is a budget of ₦39billion to run Buhari’s office – an amount higher than the budget of the
    Ministry of Solid Minerals. The last thing Nigeria needs in today’s recession,is a budget of ₦189million to buy
    tyres for the cars in Buhari’s presidential office. Overall, this is not a budget of CHANGE. It is artifice for THEFT.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that his predecessor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, spent a whopping sum of $150 million dollars to finance the elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    He said the former governor spent the huge sum between December 1 and 18, 2014 to sponsor the national election campaigns of APC.

    The governor made the allegation while speaking at a thanksgiving service held at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumueprikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, on Sunday.

    Vowing to recover all the stolen money belonging to the state, he called for a comprehensive fight against corruption and canvassed support for the prosecution of all those who allegedly behind the looting of the state fund. Buhari is a curse to Nigeria-unquote-

    The same Buhari who some few hours ago blamed poor civil servants who are yet to be paid their Decemeber Salaries for the mess in the budget now says he is open to criticism again?–The song among policiticnas in Nigeria today is that if u want to be free of Buhari Gestapo the EFCC and DSS–join the Apes in APC-in stealing Nigeria dry–Buhari stealing habits can only be comparable to that of Abacha-9jas were fooled by the CIA–WHO IMPOSED HIM ON US–

  • IZON Redeemer

    Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that his predecessor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, spent a whopping sum of $150 million dollars to finance the elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    He said the former governor spent the huge sum between December 1 and 18, 2014 to sponsor the national election campaigns of APC.

    The governor made the allegation while speaking at a thanksgiving service held at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumueprikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, on Sunday.

    Vowing to recover all the stolen money belonging to the state, he called for a comprehensive fight against corruption and canvassed support for the prosecution of all those who allegedly behind the looting of the state fund. Unquote—-Buhari is a curse to Nigeria–

    The same Buhari who some few hours ago, blamed poor civil servants who are yet to be paid their Decemeber Salaries for the mess in the budget now says he is open to criticism again via the doors of his GESTAPO DSS?–The song among policiticians in Nigeria today is that, if u want to be free of Buhari Gestapo the EFCC and DSS–join the Apes in APC-in stealing Nigeria dry–Buhari stealing habits can only be comparable to that of Abacha-9jas were fooled by the CIA–into allowing them to impose monsters like Buhari on us-Nothing good has ever come out of his pisoned mouth-it has been one lie or the other–for the past 8 months-

    • Analyst

      Me tire oooooohhh for this man ohhh. The same man who threatened sack is now opened to criticism. What a sham??

  • GEJ FOREVER

    BUHARI IS A NATIONAL SECURITY RISK ….. BELOW IS COUP SPEECH THAT OVERTHREW BUHARI ON AUGUST 27, 1985 … WHAT HAS CHANGED?

    I, Brigadier Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro, of the Nigerian Army, hereby make the following declaration on behalf of my colleagues and members of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Fellow country men, the intervention of the military at the end of 1983 was welcomed by the nation with unprecedented enthusiasm. Nigerians were unified in accepting the intervention and looked forward hopefully to progressive changes for the better. Almost two years later, it has become clear that the
    fulfillment of expectations is not forthcoming.

    Because this generation of Nigerians and indeed future generations have no other country but Nigeria, we could not stay passive and watch a small group of individuals misuse power to the detriment of our national aspirations and interest. No nation can ever achieve meaningful strides in its development where there is an absence of cohesion in the hierarchy of government; where it has become clear that positive action by the policy makers is hindered because as a body it lacks a unity of purpose. It is evident that the nation would be endangered with the risk of continuous misdirection.

    We are presently confronted with that danger. In such a situation, if action can be taken to arrest further damage, it should and must be taken. This is precisely what we have done. The Nigerian public has been made to believe that the slow pace of action of the Federal Government headed by Major-General Muhamadu Buhari was due to the enormity of the problems left by the last civilian administration. Although it is true that a lot of problems were left behind by the last civilian government, the real reason, however, for the very slow pace of action is due to lack of unanimity of purpose among the ruling body; subsequently, the business of governance, has gradually been subjected to ill-motivated power play considerations.

    The ruling body, the Supreme Military Council, has, therefore, progressively been made redundant by the actions of a select few members charged with the day to day implementation of the SMC’s policies and decision. The concept of collective leadership has been substituted by stubborn and ill-advised unilateral actions, thereby destroying the
    principles upon which the government came to power. Any effort made to advise the leadership, met with stubborn resistance and was viewed as a challenge to authority or disloyalty. Thus the scene was being set for systematic elimination of what, was termed oppositions.

    All the energies of the rulership were directed at his imaginary opposition rather than to effective leadership. The result of this misdirected effort is now very evident in the country as a whole. The government has started to drift. The economy does not seem to be getting any better as we witness daily increased inflation. The nation’s meager resources are once again being wasted on unproductive ventures. Government has distanced itself from the people and the yearnings and aspirations of the people as constantly reflected in the media have been ignored. This is because a few people have arrogated to themselves the right to make the decisions for the larger part of the ruling body.

    All these events have shown that the present composition of our country’s leadership cannot, therefore, justify its continued occupation of that position. Furthermore, the initial objectives and programmes of action which were meant to have been implemented since the ascension to power of the Buhari Administration in January 1984 have been betrayed
    and discarded. The present state of uncertainty and stagnation cannot be permitted to degenerate into suppression and retrogression. We feel duty bound to use the resources and means at our disposal to restore hope in the minds of Nigerians and renew aspirations for a better future.

    We are no prophets of doom for our beloved country, Nigeria. We, therefore, count on everyone’s cooperation and assistance. I appeal to you, fellow countrymen, particularly my colleagues in arms to refrain from any act that will lead to unnecessary violence and blood shed among us. Rest assured that our action is in the interest of the nation and
    the armed forces. In order to enable a new order to be introduced, the following bodies are dissolved forthwith pending further announcements: (a) The Supreme Military Council (b) The Federal Executive Council (c) The National Council of States.

    All seaports and airports are closed, all borders remain closed. Finally a dusk to dawn curfew is hereby imposed in Lagos and all state capitals until further notice. All military commanders will ensure effective maintenance of law and order. Further announcements will be made in due course. God bless Nigeria.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    These are my criticisms and I do not need any presidential permission whatsoever to unleash them :

    1. The Buhari administration budgeted 39 billion Naira for the propaganda machine led by one Lai Mohammed ,well over the amount budgeted for agriculture in the whole country yet the lip service to the diversification in the economy goes on.

    2. The Buhari government budgeted more funds for the Aso-rock medical clinic which takes care of Mohammadu Buhari,his family and cronies more than is budgeted for the whole teaching hospitals in Nigeria put together. As we speak, the president is in Europe getting the best medical attention available to mankind while Nigerians are dying in droves of common curable diseases like Malaria and typhoid.

    3. The Buhari administration is planning to expend tens of millions of US dollars in oil exploration in the north where such attempts have clearly failed in the past on a serial basis. This nonsensical venture comes at a time when the over production of oil world wide has caused a crash in crude oil prices and forced many exploration ventures all over the world to be stopped or drastically scaled back. It also underscores the hypocrisy of Mr Buhari who has pledged to diversify the Nigerian economy away from oil and gas.

    4. The creation of a ministry of budget and planning was just a ploy in furtherance of the ethnocentric policy of “northernisation” by President Buhari. This President removed budgetry duties from the finance ministry and drafted the current budget with his northern cronies in the so called budget ministry . This selfish master-stroke has made the Yoruba minister of Finance a mere clerk with a big name while the vital aspects of finance has been hijacked by the north.

    • GEJ FOREVER

      Egypt did not wait for 4 years before throwing out Mohammed Morsi

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        So why must we ?

        • PolyGon2013

          Who is stopping you?

      • Epsilon_Delta

        That can never happen. We are fractured along ethnic and religious lines.

    • Dele Awogbeoba

      You made credible arguments and valid points in relation to points 1-3. I partially agree with you on point 4. In respect of point 4, it is true that Budget and fiscal policy now resides with the ministry of national planning. That ministry is headed by Udo Udoma and not a Northerner. Adeosun is in control of federal government finances but does not control macro fiscal policy. She has no power or control over the direction of the wider economy through macro fiscal policy. Her ethnicity should not be an issue here and see no reason why the mention of Northerner or YORUBA was merited here.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Udoma was just an errand boy as far as the budget is concerned.

        • Dele Awogbeoba

          There is no evidence of that!

        • Analyst

          I concur. Udoma will say yes sir. He doesn’t even any input to the budget. Everything is done in Kastina and he has not power to remove anything.

  • favourtalk

    PMB should just be working hard like had started so far, we are enjoying the drama from the camp of yam eaters in PDP that nearly collapsed the system, , I believe soon that Niger will see the dividend of democracy aftermath budget is passed. I don’t Reedley see any fault in the budget and I believe PMB will ensure that all the good thing listed for the people will surely get to them

  • PolyGon2013

    Sai Buhari.

  • RestructureNigeria

    RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 2014 NATIONAL CONFERENCE. THAT IS THE SOLUTION!!!

    REMEMBER:

    As long the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. Although there WILL be Islamic attacks..

    United States — Muslim 0.6%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1.8%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. There will be MORE attacks at this level

    This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. There will now be a level of fear from the natural population towards muslims This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in: Almost DAILY attacks in this range

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    NIGERIA– Muslim 42.8%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%

    Egypt — Muslim 90%

    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%

    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%

    Iran — Muslim 98%

    Iraq — Muslim 97%

    Jordan — Muslim 92%

    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%

    Pakistan — Muslim 97%

    Palestine — Muslim 99%

    Syria — Muslim 90%

    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%

    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%

    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%

    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%

    Somalia — Muslim 100%

    Yemen — Muslim 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons. Then you have BOKO HARAM, ISIS..Islam with a hall pass!!!

    • Ahmed1234

      It is with extreme saddness that i have to tell you that you lack the basic knowledge of what is going on around the world. The entire gulf region for that matter is in peace amd tranquility which is occupied by muslims, and no such things like gun violence occcur or rape and other hedious crimes. And it seems that people like you have monopolised terrorism to muslims while a terrorist is any person that uses violence for political gain as stated in the Cambridge dictionary. And all the countries were a war is going on that is iraq, syria and libya were distabilised by the so called western nation, because they’re leaders had a different political view, and we’ve heard it from tony blair that invading Iraq was a huge mistake. Therefore my friend you statistics are wrong because you should go and see that more americans die from gun violence than terrorist attacks in the united states. I do not support terrorism and crime but I support fairness and intelligence which you both lack unfortunately

  • Quuueecee

    Please, will the BUHARI presidency ever recover from the mess it is mired? I doubt it.

    His media handlers praised him beyond his level of incompetence and now he’s toast.

  • Burning Spear

    Boko Haram Controls Half of Borno, says Senator Baba Kaka Garbai

    The Senator representing Borno Central, Baba Kaka Garbai has said that the story that the insurgents have been degraded is nothing but a lie as the terror group still hold on strong to about 50 percent of troubled Borno State.

    Garbai who spoke to journalists during a condolence visit to Dalori village where 65 persons were reported killed last week by the “technically defeated” insurgents said, the truth about the accomplishment of the military in Borno State was never truly spoken as the Boko Haram and the Nigerian nation are presently administering about the same territories in the state.UNQUOTE———NIGERIANS WILL ONE DAY USE THE SAME MOUTH THEY RELIED ON TO INSULT MY GOOD WORKS FOR THE NATION,TO PRAISE MY-HUMBLE SELF-JONATHAN

  • IZON Redeemer

    o Evidence to Probe Former Oil Minister, Diezani – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he is unable to prosecute the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke and other petroleum workers over what he tagged lack of evidence.

    The President made this known in London, UK, during an exclusive interview with Peter Okwoche of the BBC, after attending a conference on the ongoing Syrian crisis.

  • Paul Young

    I dont care. As long as i see the dividends of democracy once the budget is passed. Otherwise 2019 i vote for labour party

    • IZON Redeemer

      U are a disgrace to your peer group—some of u only care when an Ijaw man like Jonathan is in power–not when the Fulanis who control your old regional thoughts–are in charge of aso rock—do u ever worry about what will become of Nigeria your adopted country—

      • Paul Young

        you see unlike you i am not an ethnic and religious bigot. i care about Nigeria becoming great again. On march 28, 2015 Buhari represented the lesser of two evils so i chose him. He may not be the messiah we are looking for but he will do better than your izon brother who was hopeless in 5 years plus at the helm. BY the way i am from delta state. never mind the name

        • Akinlana G.

          @disqus_uP68jp3KoD:disqus

          I am afraid. I am very scared. I feel something in the air. I feel we may be seeing the decline
          of the Buhari regime. Buhari does not show that he understands the issues. He does not have
          any solution to any problem. He spent 12 years chasing the post of president for vain-glory and
          for vendetta only. Now that he was enabled to get there, Buhari has not brought a single idea.
          I am sorry for Nigerians. Things are worsening. Nigerians are too ashamed to say they made a
          wrong choice with Buhari. Nigeria needed CHANGE but Buhari does not have the competency
          to bring about the CHANGE. After seven months of reverse slide, Nigerians are the worse for it.

          • Paul Young

            I have to agree with you. i am just trying to deceive myself that its because Buhari has not worked with his own budget yet. So once this budget passes and he is still baba go slow then we are in trouble. As i said earlier i hope labour or accord party can bring forward a credible candidate in 2019. I sure as hell am not voting for PDP.

          • IZON Redeemer

            who is begging u to vote for PDP–again mumu————Life is a choice–u made the choice of fooling yourself by aligning with a monster like Buhari—did u not go through the records of his achievements–before u voted for him-?-how long did it take him to assemble his thieving ministers–?-All he has achieved is the theft of the National budget–at the Senate———A man who does not know how budgets are prepared–cannot implement them—Buhari failed the day he gave 3 ministries to one person–another thief Fashola that was the end of buhari—————-and his fake Fulani ati Yoruba government—

        • IZON Redeemer

          Which part of delta state do hail from by mistake–Buhari is not an ethnic bigot that is why he picked 99.9 percent of his fulani tribesmen to head his government abi? Customs headed by Fulanis—NIMASA– Fulani— DSS Fulani–NSA Fulani—-PA to Buhari Fulani–Happily—U are not an ethnic bigot–so which yardstick did u the isekiris use in supporting Buhari-?-Is NIMASA now in the hands of the Itsekiris and Urhobos———-or the inka Ibos in Asaba?–Do u in your heart of hearts, believe we are one in Nigeria? If u do Jonathan would still have been president—-That is why the likes of u see Jonathan as an Ijaw man–instead of a Nigerian—-Awo was an ethnic bigot that was why he introduced the borttom medium politics into the south west———-Nigeria is a tribal society–period-We owne allegience to our village heads——————– Buhari is a National disgrace if not a curse- I predicted this long b4 now—————He no idea what governace meant to his Fulani ehtnic group –sadly this what happwens any time-the Fulanis snd Yorubas are in power-

    • Analyst

      I sorry for you as you will never see any dividends. The man no nothing about leading a country. The very reason he was overthrown first time.

      “We are presently confronted with that danger. In such a situation, if action can be taken to arrest further damage, it should and must be taken. This is precisely what we have done. The Nigerian public has been made to believe that the slow pace of action of the Federal Government headed by Major-General Muhamadu Buhari was due to the enormity of the problems left by the last civilian administration. Although it is true that a lot of problems were left behind by the last civilian government, the real reason, however, for the very slow pace of action is due to lack of unanimity of purpose among the ruling body; subsequently, the business of governance, has gradually been subjected to ill-motivated power play considerations.

      The ruling body, the Supreme Military Council, has, therefore, progressively been made redundant by the actions of a select few members charged with the day to day implementation of the SMC’s policies and decision. The concept of collective leadership has been substituted by stubborn and ill-advised unilateral actions, thereby destroying the

      principles upon which the government came to power. Any effort made to advise the leadership, met with stubborn resistance and was viewed as a challenge to authority or disloyalty. Thus the scene was being set for systematic elimination of what, was termed oppositions.” SPEECH THAT OVERTHREW BUHARI ..1987

    • Epsilon_Delta

      How would you see the dividends of democracy, when all the money will be expended on the presidency?

  • SonofBiafra

    Dear Sir,

    BIAFRANS surround Buhari in London in a showdown

    President Buhari was smuggled out of Kensington close hotel London
    via the basement last night as angry Biafrans protesting the illegal
    incarceration of their dear leader Nnamdi Kanu laid siege. Angry Biafrans
    blocked Buhari from entry into the Kensington Close Hotel where he was billed
    to address Nigeria Community in the United Kingdom. Unknown to Buhari and his
    people, angry Biafrans rushed and blocked him from entry as he entered the
    lobby of the hotel. It took the intervention of the metropolitan police to
    allow him passage after persuading Biafran to calm down.

    This disorganised and affected Buharis program as he could only spend
    about ten minutes in the supposedly town hall meeting. While Biafrans waited
    outside the hotel entrance for Buhari’s exit, his aids pleaded with the
    metropolitan police to ask them to leave. The police rebuffed them, letting
    them know that these people have right under the law to stay where they wanted
    to. Afraid of Biafrans on his way out, he has to be smuggled through the
    basement of the hotel.

    • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

      Never seen anything like this in his thieving life in Aso rock–after all he was not elected with votes from the south—never! The votes the CIA smuggled into the ICC in abuja all came from the Fulani North close to the border with Chad ati Mali

    • Otile

      This kind of thing is healthy in civilized countries not in backward Nigeria. In Nigeria Imam would unleash his thug, brute Baruthai to massacre them. Birnin Kano kuma Onitsha are still reeling from recent massacres.

  • Abidilagungun

    A government that came to set things right is admitting, after exposure, that its budget is not perfect. How can we have such serial disasters in leadership? When you come to fix things, you take a fine tooth-comb to forensically examine proposals, not revert to silly stories of ‘sabotaging and bureaucrats’ influencing the budget. I thought this was the reason Buhari governed like a sole administrator for six months, he said he was setting things right! I always said he needed to have a competent team to handle reforms but friends told me he knew what he was doing. O God, hope we are not having another affliction on our hands?

  • IZON Redeemer

    Now in retrospect, if you near any of the embassies today and want to go to any reasonable school, the proof of funds you have to show is in the neighborhoods of N15million Naira. Clearly, this a persevering legacy of Buhari’s first reign of terror. Who knows what legacy he will leave this time around. Definitely, a splintered country would be one of them, feel free to argue.

    So good people of Nigeria, this ‘my people are indisciplined, my people are corrupt’, it didn’t start today o! The great Fela Kuti sang about it. Can any Nigerian artiste dare sing about the brainlessness and hatred of this bigot today? Yet we are in a democracy! As it was before, so it is now, but God will cut short our suffering in His mercy.

    However, it shall not be well with anyone that joined hand in bringing this national shame and suffering to Nigeria. May the suffering borne by this administration be more concentrated in your households in Jesus name

  • IZON Redeemer

    Chinomnso Awazie writes:

    PUTTING CRIMINAL BUHARI’S HISTORY IN PERSPECTIVE: A ROBUST HISTORY OF NARCISM

    For all of us bursting arteries in account of the latest display of foolishness by the brainless one, let me beg you all to vociferously condemn his proclivities without bitterness; that is whom he has always been, a bitter insecure narcissist with a complex. Let me tell you how.

    Remember senile blast from the past truncated our democracy in our second republic? Well, that’s not the news really. The gist is in the state of things before this despot came along. Before 1984, all you had to do to school abroad in any of the wonderful schools was just pass your Cambridge and show up at the embassy for your visa. It was as simple as that. The moment you have passed Cambridge and can pay for your plane ticket, it was bienvenue to Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, and indeed any other university your brain can carry.

    Buhari, this same sick relic destroying Nigeria once again, he changed all that. Buhari it was that OFFICIALLY WROTE THE EMBASSIES asking them to demand for proof of funds to the time of N10,000 Naira then! Please, perish the thought that N10,000 Naira today is same as N10,000 Naira then. As a pointer, as at then, Volkswagen Beetle was going for less than N1,500 Naira, our national prestige, the Right Honourable Peugeot 504 was a little above N2,000 Naira then. As a pointer, as at September 1980, the exchange rate was at N1 = $2.06 dollars! It was still this same Buhari that came and dollar started rubbishing the Naira. Today, I hear it’s now N320 Naira = $1 dollar, that is if you see it. The best way to understand what this criminal did is by projecting the cost of goods then that are still in existence today, these are what can capture the influences of devaluation and inflation at the same time. In that case let’s look at Peugeot 504. Today, though almost extinct, but in 2008, someone bought one for N3.8million. Let’s assume a base price of N2,500 for the car in 1984. That means we multiply by 4 to get N10,000. This is, what Buhari was asking the embassies to demand from Nigeria was proof of funds to the tune of four Peugeot 504s. By today’s standard and using a baseline of N3.8million for a brand new Peugeot, we are talking of an equivalent of over N15million Naira.

  • opy

    All constructive criticism are welcome but certainly not the caricature being displayed by the PDP all in the name of being an opposition party. Glad power changed hands!

  • Excisionist

    Some people are playing the ostrich here. A massive fraud has been uncovered and they are sticking their heads in the sand calling the perpetrator (buhari & co) their saviour. What a shame. . . .

    For those of us who understand these people’s culture of corruption, it was expected that they would hide their intended loots in the budget. The leopard cannot hide it’s spots.

    Nigeria will never, NEVER go forward with these kind of people in control. If he is as honest as he claims, Buhari should resign. Judas Osinbanjo if he represents what he claims should dissociate himself from this scam

  • MC

    See these clowns. How much una go pay me? So you are now belatedly accepting that Buhari’s cabinet is full of goat heads? Due to vendetta, marginalization and shortsightedness, Buhari ignored bunches of geniuses of Nigerian origin and picked his co-colanut chewing malams and acolytes and now look at the result. He flew away to hospital abroad, claiming mid term break, leaving you bunch of olodos to complete the running down of Nigeria. APC – failed bunch of imbeciles? Where is Liar Mo sef or is he also observing the so called vacation. Zombies!