SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the massive fraud in Buhari’s 2016 budget

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESENTS 2016 APPROPRATION BILL IN ABUJA

On Tuesday December 22, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari walked into a joint session of the National Assembly and presented the first annual budget proposal of his administration, ambitiously tagged: “The Budget of Change”.

After highlighting the economic challenges that confronted the country due to the fall in oil prices, the president vowed the budget would cut waste from government spending and its funds would only be used for public good.

“We are determined to ensure that our resources are managed prudently and utilized solely for the public good,” Mr. Buhari said. “To set the proper tone, one of our early decisions was the adoption of a zero based budgeting approach, which ensures that resources are aligned with government’s priorities and allocated efficiently.”

The breakdown of the line items of the 2016 Appropriation Bill, however, shows that what the president said cannot be farther from the truth.

PREMIUM TIMES extensive review of the proposed budget, which has passed second reading at the Senate and the House of Representatives, reveals it is a collection of fraudulent and frivolous allocations, many of which are clearly meant to support the opulent lifestyle of public officials.

Many of the allocations were either repeated several times, over-priced or are obvious misplacement of priorities.

Vice President Osinbajo and multi-million naira books

A particularly disturbing instance of misplaced priority is the allocation for books for Vice President Osinbajo’s office.

Mr. Osinbajo’s office has more money allocated to it for books than what each of the federal polytechnics in the country are getting for the same purpose.

While N4,906,822 was proposed to be spent on books by Mr Osinbajo, the total allocation for books for 11 out of 22 federal polytechnics, which actually have book allocations, was a mere N3,832,038.

In fact, of all government-owned educational institutions across all levels, only two got more allocations for books than what was proposed for the Vice President. The institutions are Federal University of Technology, Owerri, N6,886,157; and the National Open University of Nigeria, N6,466,895.

The need for this huge book allocation for the vice president’s office is even more baffling considering the fact that last year, N7,525,135 was also budgeted for the same purpose.

Although a top source in the Presidency accused senior civil servants, whom he described as “budget mafia”, of sneaking frivolous items into the budget, it is however curious that some of the most outrageous proposals in the budget were found under line items for the State House.

The State House Clinic, its billions and a VIP wing

Of the N3,890,629,221 the Presidency earmarked to spend on the State House Medical Centre, N308million will go for constructing a new VIP wing at the clinic.

Despite allocating N3.21 billion for health equipment and supplies for the State House Medical Centre, a separate line item under “State House HQTRS” lists a N203,273,602 budget for drugs and medical supplies and the vice president was also allotted an additional N7.54 million for medical expenses.

In comparison to the State House Medical Centre’s N3.8billion allocation, only N2,666,853,303 was proposed in the budget for the construction of hospitals nationwide.

And in a clear case of misplaced priorities, the budget proposes N11.61 billion for development, construction and staffing of a ‘Logistics Supply Chain’ for the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and nothing for its core mandate such as improving access to basic health services.

The cables, the lightings and the billions

Curiously, the presidency also proposed to spend N322,421,971 to link a cable to the drivers’ restroom at the presidential villa. Another N213,873,953 was proposed for linking of a cable from Guest House No 9 generator house to the gate.

The president allocated N618,604,265 for the installation of electrical lighting and fittings at the villa, which equate to spending N1.6 million daily installing lighting and fittings and another N371,733,964 for the installation of electrical distribution boards and other cables.

Repairs and renovations of existing structures are also obvious money guzzlers in the proposed budget.

Buhari’s Guest House and the N400million face-lift

The general renovation of Aso Rock Guest House was proposed to cost N387,980,200, just as furnishing the rooms in the Guest House was put at N45million. We are not told when the existing furniture in the facility was procured and why there is need to change them now.

Furthermore, a whopping N3.91 billion was earmarked for the annual routine maintenance of villa facilities. A breakdown of this amount shows that the government plans to spend N10.72 million daily on routine maintenance. This amount was exclusive of the N278,041,172 proposed for villa office and residential maintenance.

Buhari wants to pay rent for Aso Rock?

6Perhaps the most bizarre of all the allocations is the proposed N22,321,880 budgeted for residential rent at the State House. It is unclear whom the presidency is paying the rent to.

In the draft budget, a total of N436,054,626 was allocated for meals and refreshment, canteen/kitchen equipment, foodstuff and catering materials for the president and the vice president.

While N20,260,300 was proposed for sporting and games equipment for the Presidential Air Fleet, another N39,075,000 was proposed for purchase of recreational facilities at the State House. Surprisingly the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation proposed to spend another N193,513,097 for recreational facilities as well.

Exotic cars while Nigerians suffer

The Presidency also proposed to spend N904,015,000 for the acquisition of brand new automobile fleet and fleet maintenance equipment in the year.

This amount, when broken down, is equal to spending N2,469,986 everyday on its automobile fleet. This is in addition to the N259,015,000 for the Purchase of “Tyres, Batteries, Fuses, Toolboxes, Car Jacks, Tyre Changing ‘Machines’ and Kits” and N27,000,000 to purchase C-Caution Signs, Fire Extinguishers, Towing Ropes and Booster Cables for just for the Aso Rock automobile fleet.

Curiously enough, most of the vehicles in this fleet are hardly taken outside Abuja and its environs.

The questionable allocations in the draft budget are not limited to the presidency alone. Many more of such bewildering allocations are scattered all over the budget.

Buhari wants N1.4billion houseboats for officers while Northeast burns

As our reporters reviewed the budget, it became increasingly clear that the government may have a problem with getting its priorities right.

For Instance, at a time when the nation’s armed forces are battling a murderous insurgency in the country’s North East region – a war that has left many soldiers and officers with horrendous injuries – the Ministry of Defence proposed to spend N1.39 billion for the procurement of a houseboat in Abuja, a floating house mostly used for relaxation and a dwelling place by top officers.

Also the Ministry of Communication Technology proposed N585,000,000 for the purchase of chairs and N415,500,000 for the purchase of tables.

Under this ministry, there was also a particularly arbitrary line item tagged: Procurement of the Equipment and its Accessories. The draft budget did not state what this equipment is and what kind of accessories it requires but a whopping N2.9 billion was projected to be spent on this item.

The Ministry of Information and Culture also proposed to spend N99,281,250 for the procurement of 1,600 chairs at the National Theatre and N140,911,157 for the procurement of computers for National Troupe of Nigeria, while budgeting nothing for costumes, props and other equipment.

In comparison, the total allocation for the procurement of computers by the Ministry of Science and Technology is N91,394,900.

Fashola and his N140million naira for a single borehole

The Ministry of Works, Power and Housing proposed to spend N140,000,000 for the construction of a single solar borehole, and N161,500,000 for the construction of a motorised borehole.

The Ministry of Interior budgeted N576,500,000 for the construction/provision of electricity, N595,606,148 for repair/ rehabilitation, and N6.2 billion for research and development.

The Nigerian Prison Service however budgeted N500,000,000 for “capacity building.”

In the 2015 budget, the allocation for security equipment for the Nigerian Immigration Service was N86,057,143 but the figure leapt astronomically to N2.12 billion in the draft 2016 budget.

Repetition galore

The proposed budget for the National Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) has a repetition of the same line items with different allocations. The agency proposed N15,000,000 for water reticulation in main station and immediately proposed the N5,000,000 for the same item.

Similarly, the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology repeated the allocation for “Construction/Provision of Agricultural Facilities” twice with different figures. The item was first cost for N626,037,709 and then for N50,000,000.

Another curious feature of the draft budget is the allocation of the exact same amount for unrelated items. For instance, the National Library allocated N5,021,254 each for the following items: books, printing of non-security documents, cleaning and fumigation services, cooking gas/fuel cost, transportation equipment fuel cost, refreshment and meal, medical expenses, sporting activities, and direct teaching and laboratory cost.

At the French Language Village in Badagry, N17,897,716 each was proposed for the building of clinic block, construction of a 250 metres perimeter fence, and a female hostel.

Same item, different prices

PREMIUM TIMES review of the budget also revealed that different prices were quoted for the same item by different agencies and parastatals. For example, several prices were quoted for a unit of Toyota Hilux van.

The same model of van was valued at N1,264,941 by the Gashaka Gumti National Park; N5,700,000 by the Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency; N6,500,000 by Federal Government Girls’ College Owerri; N7,500,000 by the Ministry of Technology, Akure; N8,855,000 by the Federal Government Girls’ College, Gumi Tambuwal; and N9,178,142 by Federal Government Girls’ College Umuahia.

The proposed cost of the same vehicle in the budget of the Federal Government College, Ezzamgbo, Abakaliki is N10,000,000. It was valued at N11,147,675 by the Federal Technical College Lassa; N12,888,016 by the Ministry of Health; N13,500,000 by the Federal Government College, Okigwe; N15,970,515 by the Foreign Service Academy; N26,600,000 by the Office of the National Security Adviser; N27,273,523 by the Federal Technical College, Ikare; and N27,660,000 by Federal Government Girls’ College, Kazaure.

Additional Report By: Mukhtar Dan’Iyan 

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  • Spoken word

    the budget should be scrapped and done again, and the civil servants should be fired and prosecuted.To serve as a deterrent.

    • Julius

      Indeed !

      • jim jones

        But you guys should be honest. This budget is fraudulent. Tinubu is a thief Osibanjo too as I Buhari. Sure money was wasted under GEJ but you need to actually prove the amounts. In this budget it is clear how much fraud is going on. Very clear and it looks worse than what came before it.

        • Julius

          Obviously you refused to acknowledge the President saying that whoever inflated the budget will be punished. Civil servants are doing what they do best, inflates their budget but, this time, the president said NO to that. I know why you didnt say anything about it. Its okay, you can stop a moving train just make sure you dont stand in front of it.

          • jim jones

            I acknowledged it and then dismissed it as an excuse, because that’s what it was. Plain and simple, the president signed t budget he hired the ministers, vouched for them. You should realise by now we were sold a lie, there is no moving train all that was catchy campaign slogans. Just like the technical defeat of BH, there is a high degree of corruption and incompetence in the govt.

          • Julius

            It is an excuse when the President was telling you what he will do if he finds out someone inflated their budget ? Was it an excuse when Jonathan didnt say a word about budgets under him that were inflated and refused to acknowledged it and got all the monies asked for and looted ?

          • jim jones

            It’s an excuse because he hired the minister for budget he put together a team who are meant to vet the budget, they had a long time to sort this out if it really was corrupt civil servants. More likely this govt is corrupt all the excuses are silly it’s never Buhari it’s gej it’s pdp, BH are technically defeated. At some point the truth has to be admitted. Gej’s regime has gone it was pillored for its many faults now let’s be rational and fair and point out the mounting signs this govt is very corrupt.

          • Julius

            The government that came out and said some people inflated the budget is now corrupt ? Okay, thanks

          • jim jones

            You seem a smart guy, what else would this govt say? All the excuses in the world do not take away from the fact that there is a minister for budget appointed by the president, there is a minister of finance appointed by the president they in turn have hired many aides so they have a team to vet with. There is therefore no excuse for the massive increases In budgetary spending. The increase in the budget of the office of the Presidency was defended by various Apc members and spokesmen as necessary then it was not phantom civil servants? The buck stops with the president an almost trebbling of the Presidency budget in a time of austerity is simply corruption and I assume you must know that.

          • Epsilon_Delta

            Don’t be stu.., Buhari and his ministers had all the time to review the budget before submitting it to the house, they even stole it to “correct” it. Why didn’t they spot the criminal entries in the budget? Buhari wants his own share, the only way he can stay in power for as long as he wants!

          • Epsilon_Delta

            Who inflated the state house budget? Who allocated billions in frivoloties to Buhari? Stop deceiving yourself, Buhari is a criminal.

          • Julius

            I bet you did with Buhari. Arrest Buhari better yet do what you do best, write to the UN . He said the people responsible will be dealt with yet, you are still calling him a criminal. smdh !

    • IZON Redeemer

      The buck stops with the President period_-Mumu Ibo man–Na Jonathan u been dey get mouth–now talk….to the Fulani man u no fit monkey

      • Buhari4Ever

        Deri Orbuka, Chimpanzee like you, is the minister for budget not your brother?

      • Spoken word

        please go and improve your vocabulary. I do not join issues with dunces.

    • Epsilon_Delta

      Which civil servants? Did they also allocate the monies to Buhari and his state house?

      • Spoken word

        stop sounding like a dunce

  • Debekeme

    This is a scandal. Osibanjo must take the blame for this because it was his beat.

    I agree with the commentator below that some people must be fired to serve as a deterrent for the future

    Its a miniature of ineptitude, fraud and too little time to put together this budget.

    Finally, the Civil Service is still populated with career criminals. Some MUST be sent to jail.

    • aisha ashaka

      Debekeme y are you blaming osibanjo on this issue?. The president saw all this fraud and presented it ‘himself’ to the Nass.

    • Ashibogu

      They are evil servants!

    • Burning spear

      The buck stops with BUHARI the man with the tag———————Mr. President and not the VP

      • Buhari4Ever

        The buck stopped with GEJ but he wasted $480Bn revenue and left Nigeria broke

  • Malchine

    PLEASE HELP! I AM LOST, READING THIS FRAUDULENT BUDGET OF CHANGE!!!

  • G. Ladilegan

    @Debekeme:disqus

    YEMI OSINBAJO IS A FRAUD

    Yemi Osinbajo is an outright fraud. He should be shown the way out by every legal means possible,
    including impeachment. Fraud always requires a disguise, a sort of pretext, to make it look less so.
    Here Osinbajo simply wants to pocket that money as slush fund and put it under the heading of
    books in the silly belief that journalists will not be opposed to books. Yemi Osinbajo is too dull.
    Otherwise he’d have seen his half-arse showing through his torn trousers. Last year, seven
    million Naira was budgeted for books for his office. Where are the 7 million Naira books?
    Liars, cheats and thieves under the pretext of CHANGE. The Senate must say, NO!

    • mr truth

      Osibanjo is totally innocent of all this budgets fraud. Blame the president and his allies

      • Analyst

        Blame the Fulani man heading his library.

      • New Nigerian

        LOL. Very pathetic.

    • Julius

      Tell your reps to institute impeachment against him. You obviously dont know how things works. He is not the one telling them how much he needs for anything. The budget office does.

      • UOU

        you are doing your shameless job, hired to defend, shame of your life

        • Julius

          Really ? You said what you have to say, is somebody paying you ?

          • UOU

            No one can pay me and I say things as it is, I criticize everyone that deserves criticism and hail those that merits such unlike you who is is shamelessly bias, passing as a known paid agent here. BIGOT

          • Buhari4Ever

            Who will pay somebody like you. I bet you are a thief, a kidnapper, a vandal or an arm robber

          • UOU

            And you are just a slave, regrettably to yourself. Shame to all slaves, treachery mischievous and cowards, everything returns to you. failure you cant pay me, I am not for sale, without conscience like your people

    • Analyst

      He need to pay Tinubu back some money.

    • New Nigerian

      Last year’s budget was by Jonathan and Sambo – so go ask Sambo where he kept the 7 million Naira books. We want to know as well

    • TrueNja

      You should not be surprised, this same Osinbajo is being fingered in “#OsunContractgate.”

  • xtraview

    Editor Premium Times,

    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 now made a mess of CHANGE.

    • Analyst

      Changing from inept to hell fire

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The Nigerian budget is all about the megalomaniac dictator Buhari,his vice,their families and cronies. Where are those Yorubas who helped him to power……..where una dey ?

    • Julius

      Once again, you are a bigoted moron. Its the job of the National assembly budget committee to cut it down . This is how democracy works. I know you dont understand that. Obama sent his budget to the House of the representatives and upon receiving the budget, the Republican pronounced is dead on arrival and full of wasteful spending. Your useless, loser mentality had to mention the Yorubas . We are here and will always be here trying to make the country better while you should get your biafraud loser mentality out of Nigeria.

    • B.Okanlawon

      @tawandaincommunicado:disqus

      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 daft
      and 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 ₦1.8b for
      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 pure artifice for stealing.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Misery will kill you like Ojukwu

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Ojukwu lived a fruitful and purposeful life…….

      • Otile

        If misery killed Ojukwu what killed Thief Alibaba Awolowo? Tribalist.

    • New Nigerian

      You ignorance is amazing. Do you know how the system works? There is a Minister of Budget and National Planning ..and there is budget submission process…and yes, the only reason you are even discussing this is due to the leadership of Buhari for transparency and accountability. So enjoy!

  • FreeNigeria

    Laziness. they copied and pasted GEJ budget without even reading the whole thing. Laziness or they just don’t care.

    • Analyst

      My thought. NEPA certificate.

      • New Nigerian

        Do you guys realize there is a Minister of Budget and National Planning and their first deliverable is this budget? I see you are asking for the Minister to be sacked!

        • Analyst

          When you have an MD with NEPA certificate in place of WASC, he can recruit good heads as he doesn’t even know which head is good. He can never get things done. Learn to live by it and stop defending it.

  • Papa Oghworiodo [Warri]

    MY CHILDREN:

    Don’t agree to this, please!You can do protest or riot or both riot and protest together over this thief-thief.
    That means HILUX VAN is now 27 million Naira in Buhari budget. Haba! Come to Asaba you will see it there.
    Plenty Hilux van, new ones, very cheap. That is what this Buhari wants to take 27 million Naira each to buy?

    No, no, no! This one is not CHANGE. This is thief. Police must invite the Buhari for question on this scandal.
    Senate must not debate anything in this thief-thief budget until Commissioner of Police brings police report.
    This is not about immunity, my children, there’s no immunity for stealing. What you must ask is Police Report.

    • MaskedPhantom

      Thank you baba. We need your wisdom to lead us in this riot/protest. So don’t die soon

  • DanielOsazuwa

    If Saraki want Nigerians for fight his battle, this is the time. Return the budget back to sender ASAP with a note to the PMB : NIgerians reject this proposal in all it ramifications.

    We will all match with you to CCT during your next arraignment.

    Enough of this one chance ride. ENOUGH !!!!!!

  • Analyst

    The only line I want to drop is “Thank you Premium Time”. Your presence in Nigeria can change everything. No wonder Mohammed Liar has been visiting you guys to see if he can damping your openness by fake friendship.

  • Analyst

    This is what NEPA certificate can give Nigeria in place of WASC. We asked for it.

  • Analyst

    Where is Falana? He is now faraway

  • Nuel

    This is the worst ‘Budget of Corruption” presented to Nigerians by a deceitful tyrant, who knows nothing about the details of the items , he read at NASS HQ.

    Nigerians, let me hear you say, there is NO Change, anywhere.

    F R A U D

  • Analyst

    It took this semi-literate president month to form cabinet and now going to take him years to get budget right? We asked for slow motion…we are now getting what we voted. They even stole the budget and yet can get it right. Maybe need to steal it again and reformat.

  • UOU

    This bunch should be removed by all known possible means, they are rogues and criminals and who know show much they have been stealing since May 29th 2015

    • wode

      You aren’t looking at the big picture.

      • UOU

        Your response is shameful, if you are progressive, a clear act of impunity is revealed and you are trying to twist it, where is the big picture? that is why nothing would ever work in this sad contraption, sorry you cannot say it for me, these are bunch of deceitful criminals, big time rogues. What is your big picture, if not, to defend your masters

        • MaskedPhantom

          Wode can only see the big picture when he bends down to peer at his blackened anus

          • UOU

            Exactly

  • Analyst

    When I look at the heavy smile in the picture and the content of “change” budget…I can see a man who is blank and be controlled by those who considered him illiterate.

  • Watch man

    If the report detailed here is true, then this must be a conscious arrangement to not only impoverish Nigerians but an intentional effort to fuel the opulence, propensity and flamboyant lifestyle of the 1% of the population that found their way to government. This therefore must be a reflection of the wicked budgeting that has been going on in govt for years. This should also be the reason why governors (like that of Imo State) must do everything possible to sustain their opulence, even if he fires over 2500 civil servants. This type of investigative journalism should be extended to the states and local govts. Where then is the sincerity? I have always believed that the budgeting we see here in Nigeria is primarily to sustain the wicked flamboyant lifestyle of govt officials and secondarily for the masses. Oh, I weep for this country. And yet millions of Nigerians are roaming around the streets in search of jobs. 10,000 workers has just been reported to have lost their jobs in the oil and gas industry alone in the last two months.
    Oh, may the good Lord, the God of justice visit all the workers of iniquity in govt with the dreg of his anger and judgement; may the Lord feed all the eaters of flesh and drinkers of blood in govt with their own flesh and blood in the name of Jesus Christ. May the wicked leaders in govt who ought to live by good example but are not doing so be blown away as a chaff before the east wind, in the name of Jesus Christ.

  • Watch man

    If the report detailed here is true, then this must be a conscious arrangement to not only impoverish Nigerians but an intentional effort to fuel the opulence, propensity and flamboyant lifestyle of the 1% of the population that found their way to government. This therefore must be a reflection of the wicked budgeting that has been going on in govt for years. This should also be the reason why governors (like that of Imo State) must do everything possible to sustain their opulence, even if he fires over 2500 civil servants. This type of investigative journalism should be extended to the states and local govts. Where then is the sincerity? I have always believed that the budgeting we see here in Nigeria is primarily to sustain the wicked flamboyant lifestyle of govt officials and secondarily for the masses. Oh, I weep for this country. And yet millions of Nigerians are roaming around the streets in search of jobs. 10,000 workers has just been reported to have lost their jobs in the oil and gas industry alone in the last two months.

    Oh, may the good Lord, the God of justice visit all the workers of iniquity in govt with the dreg of his anger and judgement; may the Lord feed all the eaters of flesh and drinkers of blood in govt with their own flesh and blood in the name of Jesus Christ. May the wicked leaders in govt who ought to live by good example but are not doing so be blown away as a chaff before the east wind, in the name of Jesus Christ.
    ..

  • StormRider1

    The civil service needs serious overhauling! There is also no denying that it very disappointing that this questionable and error-loaded budget was submitted with the necessary due diligence. Buhari had better wake up now before these hidden gang of thieves in rubbish his tenure. Meanwhile, the national assembly must summon all offices and mda’s to come forward, confirm and defend their budgets.

    • Analyst

      You mean Buhari doesn’t have any input to the frivolous billions for presidency. You mean even when he couldn’t look at the whole budget he didn’t check those for him? Where was he – on medication from London? Then smiled to Senate and label it change document.

  • Basketmouth

    Everybody want to talk now without even thinking that this is the first time the budget is being published online for all to see. If the government have something to hide he will not allow it to be published. This is the change because Buhari has exposed the budget mafias. Remember it is the same civil servants in the budget office and they are used to the old way of doing things. Thank God that Buhari has exposed them.

    • Analyst

      twist master.

    • Harry

      Rubbish talk

    • True Nigerian

      You amuse me. You think we saw the budget because Buhari showed it to us? You are really funny in a pitiable way.

      You think that a budget that has been distributed to the almost 500 members of the federal legislature is a top secret which Nigerians will never know unless Buhari wants us to know? Is that really what you want us to praise Buhari for?
      Some of you should know that you are not the only supporters of this man. Some of us have been supporting him since 2003. Don’t make Buhari to look stupi. I am not a blind supporter. It is country first! My country comes first before any President that is leading it.

      • dudu

        oshe!

        • True Nigerian

          Eshe o, my brother! I dey great from here o!

          • True Nigerian

            Na I dey “greet” I want write. But yeye dey smell too much for here. I no know if na the smell come dey disturb my finger for keyboard. But I greet my brother. Na prayer of deliverance I dey pray for the other brother! 🙂 God must answer us now before bro TB Jo go come join the prayer with his magic aeroplane.

          • MaskedPhantom

            Yeye dey smell? Have you soiled your pampers?

      • Ochon

        He is in nursery 2 don’t blame him

        • MaskedPhantom

          Really, I thought he was still in creche. He is writing like a demented imbecile with soiled pampers

    • Nigeria4u

      Buhari reviewed the budget before it was presented to the congress and public, I wonder if Buhari knows what he is doing, I also wonder who is really in charge. This budget does not represent the change Nigerians voted for, they even increased taxes to defraud poor Nigerians for their selfish aims. God save Nigeria and help the poor masses..

      • Basketmouth

        I want to believe you have never managed a thing before in your life. If you know how budgeting works you will realize that no CEO will go over a budget line by line to fish out inconsistencies and frauds. That is why the budget of a nation has to be submitted to the national assembly for vetting. Now in case you don’t know or you choose to plead voluntary amnesia, the civil servants that put together this budget in various ministries before they forwarded it to the budget office are still the same people who probably have been there for years. If you have any doubt, invoke the FOI act and ask for last year budget and the year before that. You will be surprised at the mess we are talking about. By the way this is the first time the public is having access to the entire budget ‘proposal’ before it is passed by the senate. Did you ask why? It is for you to see the rot in the system. Think deep and understand that governing is complicated and complex than all you Monday morning quarter back think it is. Anyway you are free to carry your placard to the national assembly and ask them to do the needful.

        • Mayo

          Yes, we don’t expect Buhari to go through the items line by line but he appointed Ministers, SGF and Chief of Staff. It was the job of those appointees to have gone through the budget. And in the end, the buck stops at Buhari’s table.

          • TrueNja

            Most of PMB ministers, SGF and Chief of Staff are rogues and thieves

    • Jaja Majaja

      Now you save us all the trouble of accessing your true intelligence by simply writing such nonsense here .
      People like you is the main reason this country is dying .
      By the way did you actually read the whole article above, did you actually see the figures written above, and as you look at those figures how do they appear to you ?

    • Mayo

      That is False!. The budget details were also published online during GEJ’s tenure. At the minimum how else do you think reporters are able to compare the entries for this year to that of last year?

  • dudu

    I think PMB must resume from his vacation asap and address these allegations. Those responsible for this mess must be revealed and fired immediately. Besides, I do not know what we have ministers for if they cannot verify and defend the contents of the budget coming from their various ministries. The honeymoon is over.

    • Jujubeans

      Guys… A brief summary of how budgeting works in most large companies. Before the start of each financial year, Each team, in each department sets their individual budgets. These lines then roll up (are consolidated) department by department, division by division and even country by country- into a total budget figure for the company for the year. The CEO typically, does not delve into the detail of each line. He’s only concerned with the top line figure (the whole company) In this case Buhari is the CEO of Nigeria. Should he really be spending his time on individual team’s Budget figures? when millions of civil servants and ministers are being paid to do such? Or should he be focused on the total top line figures? I would think that He HAS to be able to rely on his team to do a good job, otherwise he’ll have to run the whole government by himself.
      What’s important now is what happens next? Premium times has done a great job in exposing this fraud. Buhari now needs to tell the nation how he intends to fix this issue and prevent it from happening again.

      • Olisa Maduka

        True, but the CEO is the face of the company and the first person held accountable if anything goes wrong.
        Buhari cannot escape any blame in this and neither should he rather he should apologize to Nigerians and review the controversial parts of this budget.

        • MaskedPhantom

          Assuming of course that he, along with his political sponsors are not the masterminds of this grand heist

  • Analyst

    If Saraki want Nigerians around him, this is the time to act.

  • Burning Spear

    Jonathan spent more than 5 years in office—Not one day did he come out to allege that budgets were doctored or stolen by any civil servant —or Minister—————-Nigerians can now see why the Yorubas wanted Buhari a Fulani as president—The idea was to use a daft, an embecile like him to steal the Nation blind—Because they were not getting their way with Jonathan. How can such a man who cannot handle a simple budget proposal fight corruption?
    That is why the Apes in APC used all sorts of tricks to demonize Ijaw man—-Jonathan-with the aid of the CIA–Sadly Nigerians who were talking on top of their voices such as Obj–Soyinka–Falana have all gone into hiding! Buhari could not even appoint Ministers–4 over 6 months–now this–Yet the Apes in APC tell the masses to wait until the budget is passsed—By the time the Budget will be passed there will be nothing to spend the money on—-That is the game——See why he delayed the appointment of his Ministers-? None to account for the 4.4trillion voted in last years budget——–Now Buhari is using our Money to sponsor elections in Niger Republic—-where he hails from——-While those Nigerians who were after Jonathan from the Fulanis North like Sanusi–El Rufai-Tambuwal hide in their dirty smelly cupboards-with their selfish regional consience-That is if they have any—-Hope Buhari will be the last Fulani man to rule Nigeria from Niger Republic——animals

    • Analyst

      This is the very reason IBB overthrew him. He had never shown anyone he is not a dullard. I am waiting for them to tell the country that GEJ employed the mafia.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, did GEJ know what he was doing? That’s why he could not explain how $480Bn revenue evaporated under his watch. His ministers and departmental heads who looted Nigeria dry are today living abroad afraid to come back home.

      • keep on lying 4 buhari

        DASUKIGATE: Metuh in Court (Summary of proceedings- February 9, 2016). Metuh Did Not Eat Any Statement – EFCC.

        EFCC witness fails to give evidence that Metuh ate own statement

        **Document read in court showed Metuh’s transaction passed through due process.

        **No document linking $2m given to Ararume with Dasuki’s fund.

        EFCC witness Detective Junaid Saeed entered the witness box at 9:03. Witness averred that he is with special Taskforce team

        According to him;

        After oral interviews, Metuh was asked if he was willing to make statement and a sheet of paper was given to him with cautionary word. When he concluded writing the statement, which was in four sheets he handed it over to me and I read what he wrote and I gave it to other team members after I returned to him for endorsement.

        He endorsed the first and second sheet and when he was to endorse the third sheet…..He suddenly tore the sheet, the pieces recovered and registered with the commission. I immediately made entry of the incident into report sheet and EFCC duty record.

        Because of this I declined giving him the fourth sheet to endorse because I did not want him to tear it. He requested to volunteer another statement, which he did after I gave him a sheet with cautionary words and he volunteered another statement.

        Interview and investigation carried out confirmed that CNC were used to carry out media campaign activities of PDP on the instruction of the first defendant, ditto Abba Dabo.

        See shocking Snippets from Cross-Examination of EFCC

        *Defendant voluntarily presented himself to the EFCC.

        That’s correct.

        *Was he alone when he made the statement?

        No, he was not alone.

        *Right to say that you asked question and he responded?

        My lord, yes

        *You did not touch or physically opened his mouth?

        No, my lord.

        *Did he eat anything while writing the statement?

        No my lord. Metuh was not willing to sign the unsigned.

        *Did …faked the statement?

        No

        *Metuh mentioned he made presentation to Goodluck Jonathan.

        Yes

        ….He did not say the cost of the presentation was N400m

        *Did he say that the former President requested his account detail after the Presentation?

        Yes.

        *Yes we found out that the presentation has to do with publicity and the image of PDP. We found out that PDP was embarking on a national election and Jonathan was the candidate.

        *You found out that disbursement were made for the campaign activities of the PDP. Did you find out any personal relationship between Dasuki and Metuh, Destra?

        Not to my knowledge.

        *Officially did you find out if Dasuki was answerable to Metuh.?

        No

        *Who was Dasuki answerable to?

        He is expected to be answerable to the then President.

        *In the course of your investigation did you obtain any statement from former President Jonathan?

        No, my lord.

        *You mentioned that N400 million was not authorized?

        Yes

        *Who does approvals for payment by ONSA?

        It is internal arrangement of the office where contract is confirmed executed. NSA and director of finance indicate that job has been done properly before payment.

        What is the official designation of SA Sanusi in the office of ONSA?

        He was the director of finance.

        Bulu Spony?

        Yes my lord. He is staff of CBN

        *Confirm that you have the names and signatures of the authorize persons, Dasuki and others.

        Yes

        *You did not come across any document where ONSA classify the transaction as security services?

        Yes

        But you know what EFCC classify as security services.

        Yes

        *****Witness made to read from exhibit from ONSA saying all due process followed.

        Nobody has been convicted in respect to the disbursement of the 400 million

        Yes my lord.

        Did you find out when Destra account was opened?

        Yes. 10 th Feb 2014.

        Did you find out if there was any other disbursement from ONSA to Destra?

        It was found out that Dasuki withdrew N10b and converted to 14.7m dollars and gave to the ADC of the former President and the special Adviser to the President to share to PDP top notches for PDP special convention. The 2m dollars given to Ararume by Metuh is strongly linked to the disbursement of N14.7 m shared out to PDP members.

        *No document from either Dasuki or anybody from EFCC in respect of the said N14.7m

        *Any complaint from EFCC made in respect of the N2m dollars. Do you have financial statement between Olisa and Ararume?

        No. My Lord

        Are you aware that such transactions are documented/

        Yes

        Apart from Yomi Badejo, the EFCC did not get information from any other person present at the presentation to former President Jonathan

        Witness left 11.33am. The EFCC gave indication it wants to close its case. Case adjourned to 18th for defence to open their case.

        High Points From the interrogation

        **************************************

        Metuh did not eat his statement.

        Metuh has no personal relationship with Dasuki

        EFCC did not obtain any statement from Jonathan

        Document read in court showed Metuh transaction passed through due process.

        No document linking $2m given to Ararume with Dasuk’s fund.

        Nobody convicted in respect of Dasuki fund.

        No document to show Dasuki withdrew 10b from CBN. – Hope For Nigeri

  • Alhajivinco

    To respond to ‘Burning Spear’, I say this: that’s because Mr Jonathan was not in charge of anything. He did not know what was happening around him. Nor could he care less. Having said that, these thieving civil servants and government officials who are members of the ‘budget mafia’ and their collaborators in the private sector must be unmasked and brought to book

  • REDEEM

    Buhari Sponsoring A Presidential Candidate in Niger Republic where he hails from. Over 30 years ago he supported a candidate from Niger Republic at the OAU confab–in Addis Ababa.

    So we ask, Is Muhammadu Buhari actually a Nigerian President or Niger Republic leaders?

    Last week when the video and pictures emerged which showed President Buhari relaxing on the seat reserved for Niger Republic leaders we laughed it off as a mistake.But until Buhari he was told to move to the Nigerian Reserved Seat, some Nigerians thought it was just a joke.

    Today, another event have reconfirmed that Buhari taking over the Niger Republic seat was not an error in any form or shape.

    This is the Presidential campaign Niger Republic reportedly being sponsored by Nigerian president from the empty Treasury he lied to us that he met in CBN ati Aso Rock.

    In this time Austerity, Nigeria cannot afford to sponsor elections of other countries, while majority of Nigerians are finding it hard to even eat one good meal a day. Enough of these Wastage.Hope for Nigeria-

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, so it is true that no doctor has been able to cure your madness

      • REDEEM

        Go and cure the ailment in Buhari in Niger Republic before u come to me—in the creeks of the Niger Delta————The man is not a Nigerian—travel to Niger Republic—then will u understand why Buhari is called Mohammadu–Buhari——————————instead of Mohamed—————he has no sister –brother —uncle no distance relations in Nigeria—see the trouble with the nomadic life of Fulanis–they can come from any hole to assume our national identity—————–Nigeria is in trouble—-with this Niger Republic man–I cry for Nigeria my country——–

        • Sunday OGUNKANMI

          If Buhari is not a Nigerian, then you must be from the creek country of Equitorial Guinea.

    • Scatter

      Redeem, Redeem, Redeem! How your Oga @ the bottom? The “ib” (“ineffectual buffoon”), as The Economist (London) calls him.

    • New Nigerian

      Actually Jonathan is the one from Niger Republic. It is either that or
      Okonjo Iweala who authorized the transfer of more than 3million Euros to
      the government of Niger Republic for buying vehicles. For what? Your
      guess is as good as mine. It could be for Boko Haram.

  • Nigeria4u

    Buhari reviewed the budget before it was presented to the congress and public, I wonder if Buhari knows what he is doing, I also wonder who is really in charge. This budget does not represent the change Nigerians voted for, they even increased taxes to defraud poor Nigerians for their selfish aims. God save Nigeria and help the poor masses.

    • Analyst

      Evidence of NEPA certificate Falana prefer to WASC.

  • True Nigerian

    Civil servants are an easy target. Civil servants did this whole shenanigan, but despite the fact that this budget saga has lasted more than a month, none of the proverbial ghosts of the criminal civil servants has been sacked, arrested, and prosecuted.

    Teacher, no teach me nonsense!

    Retired civil servants, including the ones that retired from the judiciary, are still being owed their pension for nearly 7 years. Some of them have been asked to do verification more than 8 times. They have repeatedly done it. Yet, there’s no outcome on their pay after 8 years. Those pension funds are being held by corrupt senior civil servants in the judiciary.

    Now, that is an easy meat and a low-hanging fruit for a government that wants to fight corruption in the civil service. You don’t keep quiet at systemic corruption, and then claim to be victim when the ones under your nose embarrass you with budget inflation which you should have spoted before sending the bill to the legislators.

    Given the amount of corruption and impunity we have in the civil service in the country, it is probably true that some of them are responsible for the brazen animalism in this budget.

    But here is the biggest question: Who read, submitted and presented the budget? Was it the Civil servants? Buhari and his government must start taking responsibility for some of the things they do wrong.

    I have been supporting Buhari since 2003, but I will never be like the pro-Jonathan crowd who simply praised him with blindness as he steadily, consistently and shamelessly drove this country almost into annihilation.

    • Burning Spear

      Sadly u are not making any sense in yr janjaweed post–for Buhari——————–Then why did it not happen under the civilian government of Jonathan—? Some of u just post comments that u are often paid for by the Apes in APC—-If any budget was to be doctored it would have happened under Jonathan and not Buhari who was imposed on us because of his FAKE anti corruption stance——-now fowl yash don open—I said Buhari will steal more than Abacha–did ——-with his saintly cassock of thieving my oil revenue—He is a national disgrace–Let him relocate to Niger Republic where he hails from

      • True Nigerian

        The entertainer! Hahahahahahaha! You’ll probably do things differently if you know how much comical value your presence here have generated. The only way you ever get my attention is by responding to me comments the way you have just done here. So I must congratulate you!

        Don’t take the congratulations for granted. Maybe it will help if I tell you that I have never read anything you wrote here in the last 7 months. Seven months ago, that was the last time I read anything you wrote here. Since then, I would often jump to the next comment as soon as I see your name.

        Cheers!

        • Sean

          Chief you don make educative and informative comment, leave the pig to complain! Kudos!!

        • Analyst

          Another Buhari slave

        • None stole budgets from gej

          So why are u responding to this one now old boy? All I said was that your post does not make sense one little bit—See Buhari is operating like a Somali pirate left alone in CBN or Aso rock-if he is not insulting Nigerians-abroad–he is busy stealing from Amaechi ati Fashola—yet all we try to do to manage him –by trying to make sense out of his nonsense talks——–concerning the theft of the budget–by him——-and noboy else———

    • New Nigerian

      True talk. Heads should roll and I’d ask for the Minister of Budget’s head unless he cleans house! and if it is a case of tampering at the National Assemby, that should be exposed too!

  • D_Onlytrue1

    This happening at this time, ‘insanity’ is the only word to describe it.

  • Henry

    This story of budget paddling has been on for ages, Nigerians are now well informed and question everything the government is handling to them. Imagine how this has always been swept under the carpet in the past? how much money this rogues we have in the civil service have swallowed? This change in ruling party is a very welcome development because in the end the suppose wailers are criticizing the sitting govt even though they might not be objective about it and the supporters of the ruling party are also scrutinizing because they don’t want to be seen as the supporters of failure. Let us all criticize, scrutinize because in the end Nigeria would be the winner.

    • Basketmouth

      Thank you for your insight. The credit of this debate goes to the president who asked the budget to be made public and published online for all to see. It is a kind of gotcha moment for the president against the budget mafias he has been talking about. Unfortunately many people lack the capacity to reason that this has been going on for years and the president is only out to expose it. When is our people going to learn to think critically instead of playing the ethnic and hate game? The nation can only develop along the enlightened dialectical discuss not vituperation of hate predicated on tribal sentiments.

      • Damilola

        I guess both of u were dead when the past ones were deliberated and passed to d public. Now that you’ve resurrected, kindly Google and see what you can dig from D past… wc bk bro

      • Olododo

        The budget has always been made available to the Public from Obj to Gej..In the quest to further your APC lies and Propaganda, make some effort, do some research. Just so your lies wont be laid bare.

    • Burning Spear

      Same old lies——————-Sadly u are not making any sense in yr janjaweed post–for Buhari——————–Then why did it not happen under the civilian government of Jonathan—? Some of u just post comments that seems to be paid for by the Apes in APC–The comments u post the more money u make–If any budget was to be doctored it would have happened under Jonathan and not Buhari who was imposed on us because of his FAKE anti corruption stance——-now fowl yash don open—I said Buhari will steal more than Abacha–did ——-with his saintly thieving looks—-He is a national disgrace–Let him relocate to Niger Republic where he hails from..-instead of troubling us with budgets that do not get us anywhere–By the time the budget will be passed there will be nothing for us to spend the money on-similar to what happened last year-

  • Jaja Majaja

    This is called CHANGE, we deserve the leaders we get .

  • REDEEM

    Buhari Sponsoring A Presidential Candidate in Niger Republic where he hails from. Over 30 years ago he supported a candidate from Niger Republic at the OAU confab–in Addis Ababa.

    So we ask, Is Muhammadu Buhari actually a Nigerian President or Niger Republic leaders?

    Last week when the video and pictures emerged which showed President Buhari relaxing on the seat reserved for Niger Republic leaders we laughed it off as a mistake.But until Buhari he was told to move to the Nigerian Reserved Seat, some Nigerians thought it was just a joke.

    Today, another event have reconfirmed that Buhari taking over the Niger Republic seat was not an error in any form or shape.

    This is the Presidential campaign Niger Republic reportedly being sponsored by Nigerian president from the empty Treasury he lied to us that he met in CBN ati Aso Rock.

    In this time Austerity, Nigeria cannot afford to sponsor elections of other countries, while majority of Nigerians are finding it hard to even eat one good meal a day. Enough of these Wastage.Hope for Nigeria

    • New Nigerian

      Actually Jonathan is the one from Niger Republic. It is either that or Okonjo Iweala who authorized the transfer of more than 3million Euros to the government of Niger Republic for buying vehicles. For what? Your guess is as good as mine. It could be for Boko Haram

  • Cleartruth

    “The breakdown of the line items of the 2016 Appropriation Bill, however, shows that what the president said cannot be farther from the truth.” In other words, dictator buhari is a liar.

    • MaskedPhantom

      QED

  • Sunday OGUNKANMI

    I could deduce that PDP online pay-as-you-write rats found their voices again because they were pàid outstanding arrears by the crumbling party. Let’s watch them disappear in the next few days after distributing the money to their creditors. No wonder, they were on overdrive today. Carry go bruvs.

    • Joe

      google Nigeria 2016 budget. you see everything that PM is talking about. its real.

  • Sean

    Guys! Redeem is the same as burning spear and Oily Izon!! So watch it.. Lol

    • zygote

      we already know that!!

  • Romberg

    Are these numbers from the missing budget, from the original proposal or from the one adopted by Buhari? I could recall, a few days back, there was an article on how bureaucrats ‘doctored’ Buhari’s budget on its way to the National Assembly. Trust APC’s lies. It’s not PDP anymore, it’s some bureaucrats that want to buy more books than half of Nigerian polytechnics? When you see that man called Osinbajo and Buhari, don’t look too far searching for lies and manipulations.

    Sooner or later they will blame the house for passing such a budget of yam.

  • Gidi

    Thank you Premium Times for subjecting these ridiculous budge proposal to further scrutiny. I am extremely disappointing

    • New Nigerian

      I agree. Heads should roll. PMB should fire the budget and planning Minister for this embarrassment.

      • MaskedPhantom

        After which Nigerians will fire PMB. Deal?

      • okenwa

        And nigerians should fire buhari for not sitting down and go through his budget.

    • MaskedPhantom

      I suggest they are both and more. This is a Budget of One Chance

  • Analyst

    I cry for Nigeria my country where chronic inept and adbjectly cluleless president took over from normal inept and clueless president

    • Simon Templar

      Another Tawanda Incommunicado in the house

      • Analyst

        if u have nothing to say….”just say God bless my father and punish my mama”

    • 406

      that is from frying pan to fire!

      • kevenreal

        Osunbade needs more book than Unilag.

  • Analyst

    Buhari blame everyone for his fellow. Sooner or later they will blame the house for passing such a budget of yam.

  • Tare Daniel

    N140m for one borehole construction? Fashola don start again.

    • Analyst

      From website to borehole. A thief always a thief.

      • Ade

        lol

      • TrueNja

        A leopard cannot change his color.

    • kevenreal

      Look beyond Fashola. That man can not climb his wife unless Tinubu gives his permission.

      • MaskedPhantom

        Otio o! Are you serious?

    • TrueNja

      Are u surprised, he did same in Lagos.

    • Otile

      Once a thief a thief for ever. Do you think Fashola was going to change simply because they present Imam Buhari as a good man?

  • Analyst

    Very soon they will arrest Fayose or GEJ or another big fish for probe to cover this news. They are thinking “We have been idle that is why PM had time to start reading the budget. Lets arrest another person to give them news to write”

    • Fairgame

      You are so correct. All the media entertainment called ‘fighting corruption’ is to keep the gullible entertained and divert attention from the fraud that is going on. Meanwhile APC has been round tripping that is why Buhari has usurped the powers of CBN as regards monetary policy so he and his cronies can maximize the discrepancy in the dollar exchange rates between official and parallel market for their round tripping. God punish these lying liars and their supporters.

    • 406

      You understand exactly their tactics.

  • Nigeria is finished. May God Save us.

    • AriaFada

      Lucky for you, you are in US.

  • Fairgame

    2019 is on! El Rufai and Tinubu are openly going after Buhari now. Heheheheh. God will punish all of una.

    • ojays

      That fact is fraudulent acts going on is exposed. I don’t need to know by who

      • Fairgame

        My point is simple: all of them evil lying liars will fight each other to their graves. God will deliver Nigeria.

  • David Adeniran

    Thank you Premium Times, this is the kind of investigative Journalism that the Nation needs. The National Assembly must very carefully scrutinise the Budget to ensure that all ‘CONTRABANDS’ are removed and make a responsible reduction in every scandalous spending. The relevant Heads of Departments and Ministers must be invited to defend their estimates. In that way, accountability will be achieved and the Nation will be saved from the usual antics of the BUDGET MAFIAS.

    • kevenreal

      You will never read this on Punch, that ethnic newspaper is still busy promoting Femi Falana, the self proclaimed human right lawyer.

      • Ade

        God bless you

      • jonny12

        Punch, Sahara desert and Nation are all junk, i dont read those useless papers

        • TrueNja

          Sahara is the worst.

    • Mayo

      Thanks should go to budgIT, @MrAyeDee and others who have been analyzing this on twitter for almost 2 weeks now. @MrAyeDee went through the budget line by line and was tweeting his findings daily

  • xtraview

    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 now made a mess of CHANGE.

    • GraduatesNG

      9 months. People who became pregnant in May 2015 have given birth. Kids born in May 2015 have started crawling and some standing. If I started a one-year masters in May 2015 I would be preparing for final exams / defense.

      9months is more than enough to have some results to show.

  • utolason

    If this is true, one can then ask for how many years have these rots been going on. I am sure TSA has also led to rogue civil servants finding other means to defraud the nation. It is a shame that this was not anticipated by the budget office.

    Although for anyone familiar with budget setting, these may all not necessarily be fraud but another proof of the high level of incompetence in the civil service. It calls for an urgent need for budget training, in particular recruitment of appropriately qualified and experienced accountants in the budget office.

    • Fairgame

      Oh please look for another cop out. Since Obj, Yar Adua and GEJ budgets were published and analysed by the likes of Bismark Rewane and others and were defended openly in the legislature by the mianistries and agencies. So please look for something else to say. This budget of corruption by Buhari is a clear sign of how the man was and still is unprepared for governance. Soon EFCC will look for someone to arrest as a distraction from the fraud being committed by Buhari. Buhari only wanted power for revenge. Disobeying court orders, and all manner of reckless behavior was explained away by his blind supporters but this budget? You cannot explain this away. Beyond revenge there is nothing else Buhari has for Nigeria.

      • utolason

        You appear very ignorant of budget setting process. Summaries of each cost centre budget are what Buhari will see and be concerned with. He will have the time not will it be a proper of a president time to check the detail breakdown reported by premium. These details are matters for the budget office and each cost centre.

        Just be patient and see how things unfold.

      • kevenreal

        Tinubu is firmly in charge of Nigeria as we write. 3 ministries under Fashola who in turn is under Tinubu, finance ministry under an unqualified woman who is in turn under Tinubu, FIRS under another fake doctor who in turn is under Tinubu. What else do you people expect. Can’t you see that Fashola has jacked up power tariff by 46%, in line with his Tinubu elitist agenda in Lagos state. This is morning………..Sai Buhari.

      • New Nigerian

        The budget during the pdplutocratic years were brilliant on paper – however they automatically translated it into cash-call without actual work, so it was polished thievery for the most part. Just saying!

    • hummm

      Pay attention, it is not incompetence, it about fraud perpetuated by corroup civil servant. They want the gravy train to continue at all cost.Why the hell do you think the original budget disappear? I bet some NASS members are working with these civil servants gone rouge. PMB is going to have them fired as he stated cuz they already know the crooks involve.

      • okenwa

        If buhari could not sit down and go through his budget or better still employ an american company as they did during election, then blame maybe gej for those failures. I still want to know what buhari is doing in aso rock if he cannot go through his budget.

  • KANO BOY

    Buhari is an illiterate. He don’t know what is called budget. This is the first Buhari he hearing of Budget. What do you expect from an illiterate. I sorry for Nigerians. If you give the budget to go through, we cannot understand anything. Even if you explain to him 100 times, he will not understand. Mumu Nigeria president.

    • New Nigerian

      Please write in English, so we can understand your point.

    • Arabakpura

      Literate kano boy!

  • the truth

    Let’s not rush to conclusion. The issue is still unfolding. The fact still remains some cabals will always try to bring nigeria down. As a people we must rise above them.

  • Oghreco

    What the above analysis shows is that Nigeria is in dire need of a new generation of leaders, a break with the past if you wish. There is no way progress as a country can be achieved when it is this easy to pilfer funds from the common till in the name of budgeting. The same group of people, cronies, their children and sometimes grand children have been in government since the end of the civil war. Only a few have come from the outside. For us to make significant progress, we need a clean break from the past. A new order has to be established. Even if the President didn’t prepare the budget himself, he is ultimately accountable and responsible for what he presents to the National Assembly. The constitution allows him an army of Special Advisers for these reasons, so they can vet whatever he signs. Now he can begin to understand why President Jonathan may not be personally complicit for many of the things that happened under his watch. Those civil servants who prepared the budget should not only be sacked they ought to be prosecuted. We must draw a line in the sand and make examples of these crooks in the civil service.

  • Isi Agwo

    Oh, it this ex-President Goodluck Jonathan again! It is his fault! Never mind, President Bokohari will soon address the press in his London hospital to explain it this way: “The 2016 budget is actually Jonathan Government’s idea. If they had given us the handover note early enough, we would have discovered fraudulent parts of the #BudgetofCorruption. We have to kill kwurruption before kwurruption kills us!”

  • Abidilagungun

    This is just Business as Usual, we need to get a new crop of leaders because the guys in power today obviously had no problem with how he company was run but simply that they were not getting part of the gravy. Does it not now tell you of the problem we have not only at the federal level but at all levels of government? While Jonathan and other leaders may not be complicit in some of the allocations and stealing noticed, it is good we have this economic austerity and a new regime to demand responsible leadership henceforth. Anyone ready for a non-partisan campaign for probity, mail me at abidilagungun@yahoo.com, I’m in with you.

  • New Nigerian

    Osinbajo has read all the
    books he need to read! Now he is applying the book-knowledge. So that
    line item should be changed to zero. Seriously folks, what we are
    witnessing is the product of the corruption still embedded in the
    rank-and-file civl service, in case they missed out on the memo – we now
    have a new President and a mandate to eliminate corruption of all sort.
    What we are seeing is a need to overhaul the pdplutocrats bequeathed
    system for budgeting at the civil service

    Now having said that, one shift that would put paid to all the speculative budget numbers – passed or not – is to implement
    accrual financial measures in budget implementations at all level of
    government. What this means in a nutshell is that no cash or payment is
    made, until work have been done – salaries are paid to known staff based
    on attendance at the end of the month, invoices are raised and paid
    after work have been done…and approval at MDAs for cash-call for a
    particular month is based on expected completion for that month. This
    once done will eliminate the corruption embedded in the budgeting
    process, and would be a sharp departure from the pdplutocratic years
    where budget is automatically cash-called without any reference to work
    done.

    • kenn

      If you still think PDP is the problem. You need help. Our leaders are deceiving us.

      • GraduatesNG

        PDP is the problem; this budget was in the hand over document handed to Pa Bihari by GEJoe! 🙂

    • Original_Raskal

      is it civil servants that added to the budgeted the N23m house rent in aso rock?

      the more you look the less you see! that is buhari! some of us know this criminal since the 80’s.

  • Burning Spear

    The presidency has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari was prepared to present to Nigerians, a budget of change, when the presentation of the 2016 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly is being carried out on Tuesday, December 22, Vanguard reports. Is this the budget of change the APES in APC promised Nigerians? or budget of thieves

  • Cleartruth

    Nigerians hasn’t seen anything yet. You will worse corruption in this dictator buhari tenure than ever before. You can quote me. It’s not about buhari but about the mentality of average person in government. This ,”our time to chop mentality ” is responsible for the quantum of corruption in Nigeria.

  • Arabakpura

    Corruption war is on; returning now will be as difficult as to go back! Everybody is awake now and Nigeria will get better!

  • Sparzo

    Check the senators who loves and stand by a senate leader who stands accused of corruption and theft in office and you’ll find the RATS.

  • MI

    ….it shows sabotage. That’s why it goes through the defense so as to expunge / review items or cost. Surely will get down to the saboteurs.

  • Remi

    We should all try reminding PMB of why we voted him in – his solid anticorruption promise. Bluntly, success will be delayed or impossible if strict checks and re-orientation are not extended to civil servants . In our Nigeria, they execute teaching, encouraging and inflating the stealing trickseries for selves and ministers.The budget is usually their simplest basic starting tool each year. PMB should remember how exposing the folly of ex-Press Jonathan to use ONSA to loot has won great respect for this administration. We the same people, now wiser, will not accept any backdoor looting through a colluded, bloated annual budgetting. Surely it’s not too late for review and correction where necessary. Many civil servants need to be dismissed (not retired!). This Nigeria
    .

  • MC

    Hahaha!!! Buhari/APC want to do their own stealing, but it surprises me how cheaply and petty and base and brainless and olodoish they are becoming these days. We’ll keep watching until they soon self-destruct. Come premiumtimes, can’t believe that you are the ones exposing these things, after how you guys aided and abetted the propaganda that helped foist these charlatans on us! Waiting To Hear From Lia rMo!

  • MC

    All these fools that defend APCs, abeg make una defend this broad daylight robbery by APC oo! Ori ewures!

    • Watchtower

      @disqus_rOWmgtaQjq:disqus

      Nigerians will later see the power of truth, but only after they shall have damaged their own country.
      I warned that a man with no higher education can never conceive CHANGE in today’s complex world.
      Nigerians could not think sequentially through the existential crises Jonathan’s thefts presented them.

      The solution was not just to get Jonathan out but to replace him with a competent thinker, not his like.
      Slow thinkers removed Goodluck Jonathan of Otueke and replaced him with Ebele Jonathan of Daura.
      And now, after seven months Nigerians, are worse off on all indices. That’s only because fools die!!

      • MC

        Agreed that higher education plays a part in engendering change in the ‘ today’s complex world’ but its role is minuscule. With all the Ministers, special advisers etc that are handpick-able by him, what a Nigerian President really requires is the determination to DO IT RIGHT and benefit from the plethora of geniuses of Nigerian origins that are chequered here and in the diasporas of Americas, Europe, Asia etc rather selecting your friends, relatives and party members as is the norm in the present dispensation. Therefore, a Goodluck Jonathan, if for inclusiveness alone -take the alamajiri schools, a federal university per state etc- is a better President than what we have today.

        The people who have been influencing who becomes a President in Nigeria do so strictly for selfish and material gains, rather than for the good or future of the country; they would rather and even canvass that Nigerians remain in struggling/hunger/poverty mode because this way, they would not have the time and strength to fight or question the people in power. We’ll actually need a younger stock of politicians to go get us out of this ghetto.

  • Du Covenant

    This is not the first time these die hard criminals have been doing this thankfully we have a government is letting Nigerians know what is and has been going on. The next thing now is to do a thorough investigation and get those involved, once identified they should be dismissed right away and forfeit all their accrued benefits in the civil service. Anything lesss we are just wasting our time, Nigeria will never nake progress with such people in our midst!.

    • MaskedPhantom

      It is not the government that is making these revealations. This was a private investigation by Premium Times!

  • Tunde Babs

    Saboteurs!
    The President showed his non culpability in this by his recent order that the budget be published online for all Nigerians to have access. If you still think he wants to steal despite that then you are likely OYO.

    • Mayo

      The budget for previous years were made available online by the Federal Government. This did not start under Buhari.

    • Otile

      He did not read it, otherwise he would be embarrassed to publish the boondoggle.

  • Darlington

    NLC and TUC should be on the streets protesting against this epitome of corruption called 2016 Budget by now.
    Buhari has proved to be a chronic hypocrite and real clueless corrupt president.

  • Darlington

    Change my foot!

  • kuli

    Change we can disbelieve in!!!

  • marig

    This budget must be withdrawn asap.

  • Original_Raskal

    Buhari has come to loot massively by trick, kill the naira and destroy the economy! See Ole ooo!!!! Jajajaja!

  • Dan maikoko

    Thank God the era of billions for food is gone! For those who dont understand apparent budget frivolities please contact the nearest security expert. No country states clearly what it intends to buy for security purposes especially if you are securing the villa for a man so many want to see dead like Buhari. So expect no brand, no model No,. or even a serial no., or cost and country of origin for the items to be purchased to secure ASO rock.

    • Otile

      Taqiyya, al-Taqiyya, Taqiyya. Welcome to Islamic APC frazzle dazzle. If you still believe them they will con you to coma.

      • Dan maikoko

        You said nothing, so I will treat your post as a long time no see salute.

    • Standing Emperor

      Ignorance is a disease indeed. The era of billions for food just got serious. Buhari wants to feed with 1.7 billion Naira far more than GEJ’s 1billion. Look, corruption will now sing and dance under change and the world will see Mr Integrity for who he was and is. Unfortunately, like in the past and as usual, the people around him will take the hit to keep integrity’s profile intact.

      • GraduatesNG

        You tell mePa Buhari wants to eat all by himself food worth N6million per day? Are you serious?

    • Dan maikoko

      Say what you want but the president will not itemise security gadgets. He will Bury them as books for the VP and other such expenses. Those who need to know will know.

    • Olododo

      Check the budget and you will see that the Billions for the President’s feeding just doubled!

  • sssms316

    Mr. President should be very meticulous about issues of this nation, so also the budget. With the kind of war he has waged on corruption coupled with the revelations so far (involving eminent personalities, with many others on the watch list) Mr. President should be very aware that these people will surely retaliate, be it directly or indirectly (through their subordinates in the civil service – budget office or where ever, executive, legislative or judicial arm of govt) May be Mr. President does not fully understand the magnitude of what he has unleashed with all the probes. Come to think of it, almost every big personality in every public office (or even private corporations & businesses) have been involved directly or indirectly in one form of corruption or the other, money laundry, bribery, forgery, tax evasion, inflation or non execution of contracts already paid for etc.This can be a ricochet of the anti-corruption war and revelations made so far.. Mr. President is in soup! this is just the beginning, they will soon start shouting for impeachment.. I bet u

    • peri koma

      You meant to say ‘War on PDP’ ? Corruption my foot.

  • Sunmi

    End of Discussion………..

    On Tuesday, the Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,
    while appearing before the House of Representatives joint Committees on Power,
    Works and Housing, evaded questions on a certain N500 million proposed for
    “statutory” meetings and travels. The National Assembly has said it is no longer
    feasible to pass the 2016 budget proposal on February 25 as earlier scheduled.
    The development is a result of “discrepancies, errors and ambiguities” inherent
    in the budget proposal, the lawmakers said.

  • Otile

    Illa Illa Ia Mohammadu Rasulla. Put no trust in any APC man/woman. I could have sworn by my mouse pad that VP Osinbajo is an honest man. I almost started praying that Allah will make way for Osinbajo to take over from Imam Buhari soon. Wherefore O God is mortal man this treacherous? Unbeknownst to us is that VP Osinbajo learned a lot from his late grandfather-in-law, I mean, Thief Jeremiah Alibaba Awolowo. Thief Alibaba Awolowo and his iyawo got rich overnight by billing the Federal government huge money for books. Under the criminal regime Gowon, Ole Iya Awolowo was the bursar for Western Region, supplying all the educational institutions with books and food. Imagine that Alibaba declared all and ever institution of learning in the West free, meaning that millions of people went to school free of charge and Iya supplied food and books to these millions. She and her husband became multi millionaires instantly. Now VP Osinbajo is adopting the same cunning to fleece unsuspecting Nigerian people.

    The slogan and impression is that Imam Mohamed Buhari is stainless. With that as a cover crooks and con men have started stealing Nigeria blind. From whence shall our help come? Our help shall come from God who made heaven and earth.

  • MaskedPhantom

    A Budget of Heist… This is the change we voted for?

  • Curseless

    If this report is true then it must be reversed. I sincerely hope the assembly membes have done due dilligence before voting on this sleazy budget.

    • Otile

      Boohoo! This is what Islamic APC is all about.

  • Budget_of_DOOM

    I can see one @Julius at the outset of the comments here arguing in a most mumuistic manner…in a style we refer to in Warri parlance as escapee techniques. Mumu.

    So, it is a mistake when hardened criminals are caught in the art doctoring figures with such pervasive reckless abandon and Buhari as the self acclaimed C-in-C and Mr “integrity” is innocent….just the people around him (Saints of change) who are corrupt. BUT if it were during Professor Jonathan’s govt, you would have concluded that Dr Jonathan is guilty and should be handcuffed. It shows the depth of your incurable kolodemepsychiatrism………….First it was TSA fraud, Buhari attempted to corner Nigerians. He was caught red handed. He said it was a mistake and promised to deal with thoe involved. Second, it was Jeeps he recieved from Dasuki, bought with monies meant to procure weapons to fight terrorists. The APC and Mr Liar M gave us an evasive and senseless explanation. Now, it is budget fraud…and some crooks are still defending the crooked…..But many of us have been posting comments about budget of DOOM on this forum immediately we had access to the budget but you taught we were on drugs.

    APC = PDP and PDP = APC……………………..A thief is always a thief. Their names have not changed. Their criminality has only gone into a different mode. Wale is still Wale, and his eyes are still very red from chimney like activities. Whether in person or by proxy, the Kangaroo must jump. Na so we dey talk am for Warri.

  • Budget_of_DOOM

    .
    I can see one @Julius at the outset of the comments here arguing in a most mumuistic manner…in a style we refer to in Warri parlance as escapee techniques. Mumu.

    So, it is a mistake when hardened criminals are caught in the art doctoring figures with such pervasive reckless abandon and Buhari as the self acclaimed C-in-C and Mr “integrity” is innocent….just the people around him (Saints of change) who are corrupt. BUT if it were during Professor Jonathan’s govt, you would have concluded that Dr Jonathan is guilty and should be handcuffed. It shows the depth of your incurable kolodemepsychiatrism………….

    First it was TSA fraud, Buhari attempted to corner Nigerians. He was caught red handed. He said it was a mistake and promised to deal with thoe involved. Second, it was Jeeps he recieved from Dasuki, bought with monies meant to procure weapons to fight terrorists. The APC and Mr Liar M gave us an evasive and senseless explanation. Now, it is budget fraud…and some crooks are still defending the crooked…..But many of us have been posting comments about budget of DOOM on this forum immediately we had access to the budget but you taught we were on drugs.

    APC = PDP and PDP = APC……………………..A thief is always a thief. Their names have not changed. Their criminality has only gone into a different mode. Wale is still Wale, and his eyes are still very red from chimney like activities. Whether in person or by proxy, the Kangaroo must jump. Na so we dey talk am for Warri.

    • emmanuel

      please note that JULIUS works for Liar Mohammed. julius nor get sense!

  • Nazerine

    The budget was done either by Jonathan or by the Civil Servants. It’s not Buhari’s fault!

    Yours Sincerely,
    The Wailing Wailer

    • GraduatesNG

      Don’t mind em. But I thought Perm Secs / civil servants were all Nigeria needed? Ain’t that what blinded people said pre-Sept 30 2015 when His Majesty Change 1 of Nigeria, refused to name ministers.

      Now blinded people accuse these same civil servants of being the makers of this Budget of Gomorrah.

  • smart G

    It baffles me that a crime of this magnitude has been committed and yet no EFCC arrests made. #paddingisnotcorruption

    • Olu from South Africa

      O boy give them time.

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  • Kachi

    So N7.5 million was allocated to books in VP’s office out of a budget of N4 trillion last year but we didn’t read you yell ‘Fraud’ while you are making a loud noise that N4 million was allocated for the sane item this year? We now understand your motive

  • Izuchukwu

    How are what you wrote here different from what happened in previous budgets? We should thank God that change is indeed bringing what civil servants do as normal practice to light. Instead of chanting fraud we should applaud that change us ensuring that we are discovering why several budgets in the past never add anything to our lives and is poised to change such sordid ways. Thank God for change.

    • dave jacob

      You are right!

  • Dominic Jaja

    Good thing is that we have access to the budget this time around compared to the last regime.
    The next stage is to ask the question, Why? Why?? and Why???
    Why do we need another setback?
    Why can’t we progress?
    Who are behind these?
    How can we absolve Buhari, Oshinbajo and the Ministers from these madness?
    This is a pure indictment of this regime and everyone who is not involved ought to discredit themselves from it.
    There must be a clear separation from our past if Nigeria must progress.

    • igbiki

      what do you mean by having acces to budget this time around?

  • igbiki

    So river dey for Abuja for the officers floating houseboat, abi ocean.

    This one na their first budget o because dem just still dey fear small small.

    Na next year una go see the one wey senior bishop.

  • Emmanuel Maluba

    The guys who did the review deserve national awards.
    The criminals who smuggled in all the thieving figures deserve places in Bama Prison. Until we learn to put some of these people in prison, it will always be the same criminality. There must be something to deter criminality. We cant eat our cake and still have it. We cant treat criminals with kid gloves.

  • ayobamiba

    God really loved Nigeria, if buhari and tinubu ever had their ways in imposing NASS leadership, this is how they intended to keep intelligently loot Nigeria but God gave them a thorn in the flesh called saraki/dogara.this APC guys are highly sophisticated crooks and mindless looters but God pass them.while they were perfecting every strategy to loot our common wealth they were using dasukigate to distract Nigerians from their well intended fraud.may God put this evil hypocrites to shame.we as a nation should now put the spotlight on them till 2019 when we shall change this fraudulent ‘change’,God willing. This is like falling from swimming pool to Atlantic ocean. God save Nigeria.

    • Raphaels Godwin

      What a shallow though !! I weep for you!!!!!!

      • ayobamiba

        Guy are you self appointing your self as APC s attack dog? Lovely I welcome your company but be rest assured that lions doesn’t fear dogs.you can do well to engage me in any of my assertions and prove me wrong even on one point of my numerous assertions. Following my thread around and barking around without any meaningful engagement is too childish and irresponsible of you.if you don’t have contributions to make ,you can take the stands as a humble and teachable spectator that’s a more dignified engagement than making yourself a mad dog barking around at reasonable peoples back.cheers

        • Raphaels Godwin

          NO. Am neither on any body or political party’s side Bros, am only being objective, polite and cautious about the matter of Nigeria, This God’s blessed Country is for us all, have in mind that people are watching inclusive of every comment you make on this platform. You can pass on your comments and views without being ABUSIVE, this will make serious minded/ busy people not take you serious and may conclude that you are only expressing your outrageous bitterness. Okay, bros tell me, Would you come out on Television to vomit these and go scotch free! do not ABUSE chances… Am out pls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • ayobamiba

            I must confess that for once u have made me retrospect. U have made more senses to me with this assertion and I qoute’ can pass on your comments and views without being ABUSIVE, this will make serious minded/ busy people not take you serious ……..I think u made some points with that .I am some times seriously irritated by the way and manner APC and her apologists takes Nigerians for dummies to whom they can peddle any type of falsehoods without any sense of shame. I am very sorry if I have used very strong words to convey my frustrations with this guys.this nation is the only nation we have and we can’t abandon our nation to APC because of 15 million votes.Nigeria is about 170 million people so even the 15 million votes is only the votes of less than 10% Nigerians.after buhari and APC this nation shall continue to blossom .APC and buhari have come and one day they shall go just like PDP and Jonathan but our nation shall remains. It is not about buhari and APC but about the interest of our nation .it is the responsibility of every patriotic citizen to put the government on checks and balances so that they should not misuse the trust given to them by Nigerians.I am discharging my own responsibility by using this platform to hold my President and his party to task and account. Please do your own responsibility so that we shall have a better nation .your support for APC does not take away my rights as a patriotic citizen of my country neither does buharis presidency detract from my citizenship rights and privileges as a law abiding patriotic citizen. is my right to cry out when I have reasons to believe that my country is not getting the best of leadership. My cries should not irritate or offend u may be because the system is benefiting to the detriment of majority of other citizens. Nigeria belongs to all her citizens .cheers.

          • Raphaels Godwin

            You as a citizen of Nigeria have the full right to express your grudges and displeasures about issues but what am saying is that put them forward in the manner that will make people against or in support have a second thought about burning issues. If you go back to your past comments, especially to those i responded to, there are some points that could be TRUE in whole but when you start to attach emotions, different meanings would be attached. The true of the matter is this, neither of the people that constitute our leading political parties in Nigeria today are truly fighting the course of project NIGERIA, they are all on their selfish crusade. We all know them, but one thing i can assure everyone today is the time to rescue Nigeria is nearer than you may think. I greet you!!!

      • onyearmy

        Weep for yourself cos his reasoning is very insightful.

  • Caleb Olatubosun

    This atrocity has being going on for long. Only this time that God want to expose the perpetrators.
    Sinners will not go unpunished. If they escape the nation’s long arms of law because of their evil connections, definitely they cannot escape God’s judgement except they repent and restitute.

    • Original_Raskal

      moron! how long has the budget been prepared? Buhari is way too dull and hence he is a petty thief! N23 million for so villa rent? hahaha!

    • emmanuel

      N1.6 trillion loan to finance 2016 budget is equal to N1.6 trillion padding of same budget proves that BUHARI is the mastermind of the fraud.

  • Excisionist

    SOMETHING IS SERIOUSLY MISSING HERE !!!

    Where is Former President Obasanjo’s letter. If this would happen with Jonathan or any non-Hausa/Fulani president Obasanja’s letters would have been everywhere. This is a national calamity of titanic proportion. Where are you Obasanjo OR are you petrified by you fear of Hausa/Fulani. Shame on you for remaining quiet up till now .

  • When is Liar Mohammed going to blame Jonathan and PDP for this budget calamity. Buhari should not even think of second term.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    This is just unpardonable. Shame on senile, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer MuhamMADu (alias Customs and Exercise, French Franc, Deutch Mark and President Michelle of Western Germany) Buhari and all the apes in APC