2016 Budget Fraud: Buhari orders probe; wants questionable allocations scrapped

Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma addressing the Management Staff  during assumption of Office at Budget And National Planning
Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma addressing the Management Staff during assumption of Office at Budget And National Planning

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an immediate investigation into allegations of fraudulent padding of allocations in the 2016 budget, with strict orders that all cases of discrepancies, errors and ambiguities be resolved promptly, a senior government official told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday.

An extensive analysis of the budget by PREMIUM TIMES exposed questionable details, with the National Assembly on Tuesday suspending deliberations on the document indefinitely.

The chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, (APC-Gombe State), and his House of Representatives counterpart, Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano), said the suspension was necessary to enable the National Assembly carry out “proper clean-up” of the budget.

Earlier, a senior presidency official blamed “budget mafia” for the controversial contents, in reference to civil servants responsible for preparing the budget.

Another top administration official on Thursday gave PREMIUM TIMES further details on how the government was responding to the embarrassing budget allocations.

He pleaded anonymity, and said the government was avoiding publicly stating its position on the matter for now to avoid playing into the hands of its critics.

The official said both the Finance and Budget & National Planning ministries were determined to effect the necessary corrections and turn in a clean copy of the document for approval.

He blamed most of the errors in the budget on “over-ambitious civil servants” in the budget office who handled the preparation of the document prior to the appointment of ministers by Mr. Buhari.

He said by the time the ministers were eventually appointed, they had no sufficient time to properly scrutinize the budget for errors, in view of the tight deadline each of the ministries got before the final presentation to the joint session of the National Assembly on December 22, 2015.

To enable the budget to be cleaned up of all the controversial allocations, the official said a high-powered panel had been constituted with a mandate to investigate all observations and concerns by individuals, media and agencies, particularly the National Assembly.

“The presidency has ordered the immediate investigation of all the allegations and issues, particularly on padding, raised by the National Assembly on various ministries, departments and agencies of government,” he said.

“The investigative panel is expected to critically look into the budget item-by-item, incident-by-incident, with particular attention to the reactions from the National Assembly, ministries, media, civil society groups or indeed anybody that raised concerns regarding the padding of the budget.

“All corrections would be made to ensure that the budget was passed as soon as possible. I assure you government is working cautiously on the corrections with the intention of correcting any error or malfeasance spotted in the 2016 Appropriation Bill. If there is any error whatsoever, it is being sorted out straight away,” the official added.

It remained unclear what sanctions the government was considering for officials that might be found to be involved in padding the budget. Our first source had said those involved might be fired.

The House of Representatives had asked government to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to arrest and prosecute top civil servants behind the budget padding scandal.

On its part, the Senate said, apart from the prosecution of the civil servants, the Minister of National Planning and Budget, Udo Udoma, and other top officials of the ministry should also be sanctioned.

However, the official exonerated the minister, saying “That the budget could be presented the day it was presented and in the manner it was done was due to the extra effort and hard work by the ministers who inherited what the civil servants had already prepared.

”By the time they took over, most of the ministers did not have a good grasp of the details of the budget of their ministries”.

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  • Genusa

    Blame Blame Blame. Are you telling Nigerians that a minister of a ministry didn’t take a look at the budget of his/her ministry and submitted to the presidency, and the presidency did not look at the budget and submitted to the National. Assembly This is a petty lie by an inept government. How can a minister give a lame excuse that he doesn’t know the details of the budget of the ministry he is coordinating. Believe this, you will believe anything. If that is even slightly true, it means that we don’t have a government as I understand the government is going to borrow to finance the budget, and thats how the money would have been squandered.

    • The facts

      The problem we have is that a lot of people thought Buhari was going to perform wonders but now that he’s disappointed them they are finding it difficult to criticize him. There’s no plan ‘B’ so we are stuck for now.

      • joe

        One thing is for sure. It is a step up and a step forward from Mumbo-jumbo, stealing-is-not-corruption, goat-eat-yam, dasuki-gate style of government of the last six years!

        • The facts

          Of course it’s a step up from bad to worse. We have a president who presented a budget that he has no clue about. In any case, I’m not surprised because this is the same person who swore to an oath that his certificates are with the military but we later found out that wasn’t the case

        • Ochon

          You are just an apc minion whose brain is programmed like a robot controlled by hatred. Be objective lunatic!

          • joe

            If it makes you sleep better at night…. 🙂

  • Analyst

    Nigeria has moved from normally inept and clueless president to frustrated incompetent and confused cow rearer president. You can help someone with campaign slogan but can’t help him to govern. From questionable PHD to NEPA certificate.

    • Analyst

      A president who cannot get anything done:
      1. cabinet
      2. currency
      3. budget
      4. Everything jagagaga

      • Analyst

        Born to rule who arrived without brain to rule 170million citizen

        • Analyst

          Who to do?

          • Analyst

            I tire ohhh

          • David Musaed

            Guy person wey hire you do big mistake. You are just replying your own post times without number. Are you okay ?

          • Analyst

            Are you employed? Better cry to your prophet Buhari. My boss can’t employ you now.

          • David Musaed

            Actually i am self employed, and i could use you as my security guard. Actually you could still be an errand boy . Better go and get a good job for yourself mr man,because the country is boiling hard at the moment.

          • Analyst

            You are proved you can’t handle a normal business. Never pour the failure of your business on Nigerian as everything is ok here. Very soon, you will beg to do security job.

          • David Musaed

            lmao… Sorry to inform you that i am not typing to you from Nigeria. stop being a sadist okay ?

          • Analyst

            Yahooo…yahooo man….

          • David Musaed

            eyaaah feel so sorry for you. You believe every Nigerian abroad is a yahoo boy, no wonder you havent had the grace to leave your village

          • joe

            All sorts of crumb-eating lunatics all over the place :)))

          • SeniO.

            Lol

      • Buhari4Ever

        Blame GEJ for destroying Nigeria. His entire administration was a sham

    • joe

      These words betray your state of your mind – ” normally inept and clueless president”?? So to be inept and clueless is normal to you?? Son, you are a very funny fella 🙂

  • UOU

    My question blame is, if all the slamming is against the civil servants now that, a ponzi document was found, with intents to steal nigeria dry, who would have gotten the rewards of praises and accolades if that same fraud had turned out a good budget? Supporters of this evil, will surely live to regret it because when something is built on lies and someone lives fully on propaganda, denials and blames then expecting the worst is just an understatement. Forever this government has mortgaged their integrity on the alter of, thirst for power, deceit and mischief. In a sane country, IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS would have commenced, nothing more, nothing less, on top all the nonsense the mumu traveled to Uk for vacations, shameless bunch

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    This is what we get for planting senile, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer MuhamMADu (alias Customs and Exercise, French Franc, Deutch Mark and President Michelle of Western Germany) Buhari as president of a country in this day and age. Buhari in turn appointed a lawyer as Minister of Budget and Planning!!! APC is a total and complete failure as a ruling party.

    • joe

      One question though, You are “omoba” of which kingdom? Are you the son of Oba of Oshodi Oke? 🙂 The original Area father?

      • dr.r.f banjo

        @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

        Nigerians are too mentally dull, too mentally dishonest and too morally dubious
        as a people, to ever know that democracy does not mean mass scale STEALING
        or to ever know that regular application of laws to resulting occurrences, is the
        meaning of democracy. That explains why the educated illiterates mis-elected
        into the House of Representatives keep debating to renovate fraud in violation
        of federal law that a false and fraudulent declaration to a government official
        or institution is a criminal offence under the Penal Code punishable with two
        years imprisonment.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Smart you! All correct.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Same english yesterday, today and tomorrow. I have told you several my that your biological father is the most unproductive Nigerian. Which decent human being will procreate a goat like you

  • donMe$$i

    hahahahahahaah! HOGWASH!! BULLCRAP!!!!

    Tell it to the marines….or better, E-ZOMBIES…THEY WILL DEFEND THIS..EVEN IF THEY DONT BELIEVE IT!! LWKMD!

    “He pleaded anonymity, and said the government was avoiding publicly
    stating its position on the matter for now to avoid playing into the
    hands of its CRITICS”

    “critics…critics”…..that’s what determines Apc’s decisions! SHAME!
    they will rather make a wrong move that will throw the country into
    turmoil, than do the needful..just to ‘avoid playing into the hands of
    its critics’. mtcheuw!! this was why instead of covering shame nd
    withdtrawing the entire SHAMBOLIC document, they chose to STEAL IT AT
    NIGHT!

    i only pity their e-rats who will soon be out singing Hossana in the
    Highest for this satanic document. they said it was the best budget
    EVER..without seeeing its content! now see the embarassment! Buhari
    couldnt appoint ministers for months..same minions sang his
    praises..said we(they) didnt need em..na civil servants dey do d work.
    now they blame ‘budget mafia, rats and over-ambitious civil servants’.
    HAHAHAHA!!

    HOW WILL CIVIL SERVANTS PREPARE A BUDGET WHEN THERE WERE NO MINISTERS TO
    RELAY THE GOVERNMENTS POLICY DIRECTION TO THEM AS DISCUSSED DURING FEC
    MEETINGS?

    HOW WILL 36 NOISEMAKERS(SUPPOSED ROUND PEGS IN ROUND HOLES) RECEIVE
    BUDGET ESTIMATES WITHOUT GOING THRU IT WITH THEIR RETINUE OF AIDES AND
    SPECIAL ASSISTANTS??

    Hahahaha! these people will kill me with laff one day..with their unintelligent lies and propaganda!

    had to take that old Lagarde woman to knock some sense into their heads..what we had been shouting all along.

    THEY BETTER COVER SHAME AND WITHDRAW THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT AND START AGAIN! THAT THING IS TOO ROTTEN TO BE SALVAGED!

    • Ochon

      U too much my brother

  • evidence

    Buhari, blamer/tourist – in – chief, the same civil servants he said are the ones that do the jobs while his ministers were just noisemakers , are the ones he wants to blame for his thieving budget. Is it these “over ambitious civil servants ” that increased Aso Rock feeding to 1.7 bn, kitchen equipment to 800 million, BMW cars for 3.6 bn,even aso rock rent for 22 million? Buhari, tell us another lie.‎

  • Mayo

    Buhari has formed or is forming a pattern – never accepting responsibility. By now I was expecting that Buhari would have issued a statement saying ‘we messed up; we will fix this and we promise it will never happen again’. Why are they passing the buck? You can’t be talking about not falling into the hands of your critics cos you’ve already fallen. What matters next is how you handle the situation. Own up to it, fix it and move on. No matter who prepared it, the Ministers submitted the documents. The fact that they did not vet it or bother to go through it is scandalous. Aso Rock does not have a Minister. So who then do you blame for the padding and frivolous items in Aso Rock budget? One Minister says it was ‘rats’, presidency said it was budget mafia, another Ministry said it was due to the new template. Na wa oh!

    • Scarth

      u are a very useless and a hopeless human being. If this scenario plays out during Jonathan or OBJ administration, the duo wud tell u to go to hell…….but now d president is setting up panels to investigate and to possibly sanction those found wanting and u complaining. Wawa…..

      • Mayo

        Now that you have abused me, what have you gained? Did your abuse contribute to the discussion of the issue at hand?

      • Ochon

        I wonder where human beings like you comes from. Is it fair for the president to point accusing fingers to anybody when he received and signed the budget? Truly some of u on this platform reason and talk from your anus. Sakaren banza kabilanci ta rufe muku idanu.

  • Lere

    Lies, deceit, mischief, vendetta, propagand and noise making are the only specialty of this government. Ineptitude and corruption of rare species are their hallmarks. How shall we extricate ourselves from this plaque?

  • Dan Arewa

    PT, this is a JOB WELL DONE, and thank you very much for your constructive criticism. I will also thank Mr President for listening and taking action based on your report and NA’s response. To me, Nigeria is making headway and we pray to God to help our leaders in making Nigeria a better place.

    Thank you once again PT.

  • Son of Law

    PRESIDENT BUHARI MAKES ME LAUGH. HE DECEIVES HIMSELF. HE NOW HOLDS HIMSELF GUILTLESS.
    HE DIRECTS A PROBE OUTWARDS AND THEREBY DECLARES HIMSELF INNOCENT AS FIRST SUSPECT.

    • xwp2000

      @disqus_CIJlGSH8hs:disqus

      In one instance, Raji Fashola’s budget demands ₦500 million for what he called ‘Statutory Meetings’.

      Asked by the Senate what statutory meetings mean, Raji Fashola had no answer, but just moped as blank.

      Par for the course, there’s nothing called statutory meeting of Ministry of Works under establishment law.

      Pure big lies, deceit, dishonesty, shenanigans, overreaching, theft and fraudulence, all rolled into one here!

      • Oxblood

        The document President Buhari to the
        National Assembly as Appropriation Bill, is clearly false declaration with
        fictitious sub-heads for the purpose of stealing the treasury. It is an
        impeachable offence from a legislative perspective, not a bill to be debated
        for renovation into an Act.

  • MI

    A good lesson learnt for Nigeria, it’s from such errors and mistakes, we will build a strong system. If it doesn’t happen you’ll never know the loop holes that exist. Just as every constitution including those of the best countries would not envisage all options nor encompass all situations due to the shortcoming of humans and some are developed along time and events.
    It also good to know that budget is only an initial proposal for expenditure and goes through review ps such as the one taking place in NASS to correct, remove or improve on areas needing such. So we are in line. I wish the NASS has done same in the past on our budgets unfortunately then they were all part of the corruption and closed their eyes to such errors some deliberate and some not for selfish reasons, in some instances they collected money to OK budgets of MDAs but today in Nigereia monies don’t exchange hands at those levels. thank God and thank PMB for your strong ethics and governance that has woken up many from slumber of the past.

    • SeniO.

      Excellent

    • Darlington

      Did PMB not vent the Budget before submitting it to NASS? What is the work of his aides? You guys are sycophants and hypocrites! Call a spade a spade.

      • joe

        You want PMB to “vent the Budget before submitting it to NASS”? WTF is that?

        • DanielOsazuwa

          LOL

      • Watch man

        You committed the same error again as you did elsewhere. It is “vet” and not “vent”. Since you are commenting in English try to go through your write-up before you post.

      • arewethishopeless

        Just look at yourself…. You cannot even ‘vent’ your statement before publishing yet you can criticise others who have owned up to their mistakes ….

        • Watch man

          Don’t mind the folk called Darlington! That is what being in a hurry to write rubbish has done to him.

      • share Idea

        You forgot to add that this budget is using ‘Zero Budgeting Framework’ and according to one of the Channels TV guest two days ago, he said that only thing about this budget to class it as being used zero budgeting Framework for its preparation is addition of ‘zeroes’ (0000000000000000000) at the back of copied GEJ’s previous budgets – remember that Soludo have recently said that the budget was just a copy of previous Nigerian budgets) – still waiting for CHANJI though….

    • Watch man

      Brilliant input!

  • Raheem Mustafa

    Nigeria civil servants are the monsters
    inefficient and killers of Nigeria economy. They are poverty minded
    people who only care about their pockets anot the progress of the
    country. The fraud in the budget demonstrate their manipulation of the
    budget for years.

    • expresso aladine

      @raheem_mustafa:disqus

      That’s no reason you then hid Buhari from a conspectus of official failure in your analysis.
      since it was Buhari – rather than any civil servant – who signed the 2016 budget bill and took it
      by himself to the National Assembly, before television cameras, to present it to the whole world
      as his deed, in official capacity of president of the federal republic of Nigeria. That is the issue!
      Signature means consent. No more, no less, and, delivery of a signed document means affirmation.

  • emmanuel anizoba

    PMB, as Nigeria’s CEO, has no business checking out the country’s budget details. That chore is the meat for Department Heads and Budgeting Technicians. The President is generally presented with a Summary of the budget proposal accompanied by a note certifying the accuracy of underlying data and the quality of the budgeting methodology. So, we must place the current budget scandal squarely, not on PMB’s shoulders, but on those of Department Heads and Budgeting Technicians. Next, we have to look at how our Executive is organised in terms of networking and computerisation. It’s a crime to continue shuffling paper in this era of the Intranet and Internet. All sections of the Executive must urgently be equipped with Intranet and Internet capabilities. The Presidency server will interface seamlessly with all the servers of dependent Departments and provide Internet access to other arms of government – Legislative, Judicial, etc. With adequate networking and computerisation, the Presidency may whip out its own summary reports using the online data provided by the servers of its dependent units. We must improve and CHANGE our work methods. Cheers!

    • Olu from South Africa

      You don’t need to dignify those that are passing calumniated statements on PMB with your brilliant narrative. Let them continue wailing. They are remnants of Dr Dumbo.

      • Gabriel Olasebikan

        Yes we are remnants of “Dr Dumbo”,we will continue to tell you “Change agents” what you know nothing about.

        • Olu from South Africa

          Lol! Gabriel Olasebikan indeed.

    • Kokoman

      The civil servants are the experts, were supposed to give advice to the ministers and the ministers making necessary reviews before they submitted their budget for the ministries they were responsible for to the National assembly for sanctions. To my mind, to which a commentator at #ChannelTV referred to, lines in the 2014 and 2015 budgets appeared in the 2016 budget and were duplicated. While by it selves proves diligence to the need to complete pressing national projects from previous budgets, those areas could have been delineated as such and made clear. Their difficulties arose, which I presume, following the instruction from the presidency, to delineated and separate the N2.2 trillion left from the 2015 budget in the Federal coffers. If this was what had happened the civil servants has a point.

    • Watch man

      Thanks for the scholarly insight. This is why I feel for many commentators who need proper education to understand how certain things work before they start hitting the keyboard in a hurry to comment. Thanks dear!

    • The facts

      The problem with people like you is that you believe Buhari can do no wrong. The man has is own advisers and aids, are you saying they didn’t go through the budgets of their respective ministries they are advising Buhari on? By the way, why should Buhari remove budget planning from ministry of finance? I’m just wondering if this issue has happened under Jonathan. I know people like you would have said he’s clueless and I wonder why you’re not calling Buhari names this time.

      • emmanuel anizoba

        Check out any relevant Corporate Body, and Nigeria is such a Body, to see that the Budgeting functions are separated from the Accounting, Audit and Treasury functions. Span of Control and Transparency are prime factors in deciding the separation, where Span of Control tells us how many staff a supervisor may optimally oversee. That’s probably the rational for separating the Budget Unit from the Ministry of Finance. Cheers!

        • The facts

          I don’t think it is right to compare countries and corporate bodies when it comes to budgeting issues. The reason is because corporate bodies do not have check and balances system in place as in the case of countries. Ideally there should be a junior minister in charge of MDA’s budgets, who should be based in the Finance ministry and answerable to the Finance minister. If this has been the case, the issues of contradictions we are witnessing in this 2016 budget would not have arose.

          • emmanuel anizoba

            You say: “Corporate bodies do not have checks and balances in place as in the case of countries “? Wow! Why not do some basic reading on corporate bodies and their governance structure before making sweeping statements on issues we barely understand? When the structure and processes of an outfit are flawed, plethoric management staffing worsens the clutter. When Managers type their own memos and distribute them via an Intranet, then there is no Secretary to blame later for any flaws in the issued memos; and the need for a Secretary for every Manager fizzles out naturally from the budget. Cheers!

    • share Idea

      Is this your conclusion applicable only to Buhari and Budget or does it extend to previous president’s action action while in office? Is this how he leads from front. Nigeria we hail thee

      • emmanuel anizoba

        My analysis and conclusion apply to any Corporate Body and its CEO. Cheers!

    • UOU

      Budgeting on its own is a course in the college/university, how can someone who did not sit for waec know anything about budgeting, we warned them but aggardizement did not allow them, what they sow they reap, this is just the beginning

  • My take

    The most incompetent Minister in Buhari’s shambolic cabinet today is the clown – that one
    in charge of Budget and National Planning – Barrister Udo Udoma. He’s too incompetent to remain on
    the job after this fiasco. If he were self-respecting he’d have resigned yesterday, but for his hungry mouth.

  • Burning Spear

    FOR a government that projects change and transparency, the Nigeria’s 2016 national budget proposals, is in all respects an outright fraud. And the introduction of the highest Neo–stealing habits ever to be initiated by the ruling thieving elites among the Apes in APC. Its authors displayed an unpardonable level of slothfulness and criminality. In spite of the fake ant-corruption credential often displayed by Buhari-often designed to deceive Nigerians….Buhari has by this his Luciferic behaviour of padding the budget with false figures, clearly shown he was trying to embezzle funds-period–A clear indication that he is not only fit to be trusted with the office of the president-he is a (born again thief!)–Aware the buck stops on the table of Buhari and his fake life style–and no longer that of Jonathan! Sadly, Buhari was trickishly imposed on us by the CIA and certain Yoruba elites because of his deceptive incorruptible meeks looks- Happily for us, the veil of deception has been removed for us to know Buhari is worse than Abacha when it comes to stealing- Buhari, we all know has never been able to get anything right-it has been one lie after the other–since he assumed the fake mantle of leadership-It took Buhari over 6 months to produce well known rogues like Amaechi and Fashola ati Dambaza as his Ministers—may be one year to give us another budget- of madness—-were we not lied to that Buhari, is a man with a brain for details——-so why the mess in the budget now? Animals

    • Sunday OGUNKANMI

      Takes animalistic tendencies to label someone an an animal. Welcome to the world of humans Burning Spear or what do you call yourself

      • Darlington

        Truth cannot be silenced for long. #2016BudgetofCorruption.

  • donMe$$i

    For the ignorant/brainwashed e-zombies showcasing their ignorance on the WorlwideWeb;
    THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (FEC) SITS AND DELIBERATES ON THE BUDGET ESTIMATES PREPARED BY THE ‘OVER AMBITIOUS CIVIL SERVANTS’.

    THE FEC IS MADE UP MAINLY OF THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, AND MINISTERS/NOISEMAKERS!!!!
    SO WHAT TRANSPIRED IN THAT FEC MEETING?? DRINKING SATCHET MILK/MILO???

    • Kokoman

      The civil servants are the experts, were supposed to give advice to the ministers and the ministers making necessary reviews before they submitted their budget for the ministries they were responsible for to the National assembly for sanctions. To my mind, to which a commentator at #ChannelTV referred to, lines in the 2014 and 2015 budgets appeared in the 2016 budget and were duplicated. While by it selves proves diligence to the need to complete pressing national projects from previous budgets, those areas could have been delineated as such and made clear. Their difficulties arose, which I presume, following the instruction from the presidency, to delineate and separate the N2.2 trillion left from the 2015 budget in the Federal coffers. If this was what had happened the civil servants has a point.

  • esskay

    @kayugoji:disqus

    Where is Femi Falana; and, where is Dino Melaye?

    Excuse me, here! Where is that numb-skull called DINO MELAYE who’d declared the fraudulent 2016 budget
    as the best budget the world has ever seen? After educated people showed him his silliness he’s run away.
    And where is Femi Falana who’d argued that the Senate has no right to adjust a submitted national budget
    upwards or downwards. Where is that one too? What the House of Representatives is doing now is exactly
    the adjustment Femi Falana had said is illegal. So, why is Femi Falana now deaf and dumb, as if in hock?
    But to be honest Femi Falana is in hock to Muhamadu Buhari and he has no independent mind anymore.
    Femi Falana just mopes as the Representatives remold the fraud bill submitted into an Act of Parliament.

    • Julius

      lolz ! Falana, Tinubu Fashola and Amaechi drives you bigots crazy. I hope they continue to do that. Its funny to see how exposed you losers reason. Im surprised you did not include Obj and Pa Awo. One thing is clear tho, you will never equal to any those folks.

  • Km

    Well, if the ministerial appointment had come sooner, this embrassment would have been avoided. I hope a lesson has been learnt.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Please be educated. Budget Office is full fledged department of its own.
      President & Ministers only set criteria’s. Budgets are done by civil servants & not by politicians.

      • share Idea

        Is that why nobody under this administration have taken the responsibility to brief the citizens on fundamental objectives of the budget as was the case under previous administration. Such opportunity would have exposed some of these blunders earlier than now

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          That so many of you are ignorant of how government works is suppressing.

          • share Idea

            Please can you explain yourself in pigin so that I can understand. How do you mean by “… how government works is suppressing”

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            I meant surprising. I am amazed you are ignorant & petty.
            Budgets are made by civil servants in budget office. Government give the criteria’s. These attempted fraud are from the budget office.
            Thanks to the new government unearthing them for the first time. It a shame people like you cant see or being disingenuous.

    • share Idea

      There is no way this would have been avoided under Buhari. Buhari does not believe in processes, how many FEC meeting have been held this year? How will he know what the ministries are going through – Nigeria is on auto pilot while the aeroplane is still taxing on the tarmac – your guess is as good as mine with regards to the faith of passengers on such plan. Nigeria we hail thee

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    I hope this probe is extended to previous budgets and recover money’s looted through inflated budgets over the years.
    God bless Buhari, God bless Nigerians who worked & voted for change.

    • Darlington

      God bless Buhari for supervising the most fraudulent budget in the history of Nigeria? Pls have you lost your brain because of N5000 monthly stipends you’re receiving from Lair Mohammed for typing this rubbish?

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        I am not sure government has started paying N5,000. to senior citizens, even if they do, I am not qualified for government stipend yet even if I was leaving in Nigeria.
        We elected Buhari to fight corrupt & he is doing a great Job people like you can’t understand or criminally want to discredit.

  • Ebaah Odibo

    I am a patriotic Nigerian. I want to help PMB to win this war on rat-infested pro-corruption budget. The reason for this viral corruption in the budget is the past administration and Jonathan! Former Finance Minister looted the brains of personnel of Budget & Planning and Finance Ministries, and replaced the brains with rat brains. PMB should recover the looted brains of these personnel. If not, there will be no brains for him to hammer out any budget at all. This war is as important, if not more important than the war to recover looted funds.

    • Burning Spear

      Sadly u are an Ibo man—Again did Jonathan also loot the brain of Amaechi–Dambazua—ati Fashola-and Tinubu–Besides was it Jonathan that delayed the apointment of Minsiters–Buhari is a thief period–and every member of the Apes in APC knows Buhari is a thief-that is why they decided to take advantage of his empty certificate forging thieving brain-

      • share Idea

        He is just being sarcastic…lol

    • Abidilagungun

      A better way is to clone Buhari’s brain and put in every civil servant

      • Julius

        I would expect you to start an impeachment process of the President ASAP !. Right ? I wonder why you werent this concern about the previous budget frauds.

        • Abidilagungun

          We have to change at some point, which is why buhari was elected; he cannot take us to the past nor justify the missteps under his watch by the missteps of the past.

    • share Idea

      lol

  • REDEEM

    petitions EFCC over Amaechi – On Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers State petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, asking it to probe alleged financial recklessness of ex-Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

    PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi – Deputy Publicity Secretary in Rivers, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told journalists in Port Harcourt that President Muhammad Buhari should ensure he fulfils his promise to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption.

    He said: “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow.

    “We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done.

    “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.”

    Nwanosike, cautioned Buhari not to protect Amaechi, saying the probe of former office holders must also affect members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

    Nwanosike lamented that the current administration in the state had to borrow to pay salary arrears, which the Amaechi administration failed to pay.

    Shedding more light on the petition which noted the alleged fraudulent transactions in the state between December 1 and 8, 2014, the official said “Can you imagine that between December 1 and 8, 2014, with one address – 25 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt, over N21bn of Rivers funds were transferred? We are asking, where did these funds go?”

    The official dismissed the claims that some PDP members in the state were planning to defect to the APC. PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi…..

  • Abidilagungun

    For me PMB settled the case long ago. He said he prefers working with civil servants and not ministers who are noisemakers. Having worked with the civil servants to produce this fraudulent budget PMB cannot now run away from it; he must own up to his scam. I feel pity for those who say this man is incorruptible

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    Built Aso Rock, Who Is The Landlord You Pay Rent To? – IBB Asked Buhari

    “I built Aso Rock and I wonder who the current Landlord is. I read a certain N22M for the payment of Aso Rock rent in the budget. Rent to who, Me or GEJ?

    The former head of the state in his reaction to the ongoing criticism trailing the alleged payment of rent in the Aso Rock , requested to know who the landlord is.

  • Rommel

    What this administration is up against is a well oiled corruption machine that took years to mount,it cannot be dismantled just like that,we are dealing with unrepentant thieves and PDP sympathizers but in the end,we will win.

    • Darlington

      PDP Sympathizers wrote Buhari’s first Budget? You guys are sum bags and hypocrites.

      • share Idea

        What the nation is being treated to now with regards to this administration’s budget is just a tip of the Iceberg considering other monumental frauds that are not being reported. Very soon, the masses will be availed of some of them in course of this administration.

        He lied about his WASC, he was caught, he lied about his public declaration of his assets, he was caught, he lied about the list of Nigerians that stole $150B, he was wrong, He lied about making Naira equals to Dollar and was dead wrong, he lied about fuel subsidy (that they was no fuel subsidy), he was wrong, he lied about not stealing budget submitted to NASS and was made to lick his vomit, he lied about granting interview in London and was exposed by Fayose.

        Can Buhari for once be straight with the citizens. Nigeria we hail thee

      • Rommel

        If you know the process of budget making,you would realize that over 60% is actually a carry over from previous ones so what we are witnessing a structure that has long been there

    • FactsandFigures

      No, what this administration failed to do is to show that it is serious about fighting corruption by rolling a few heads and allowing a neutral body to review the budget. A corrupt body cannot review itself. The President needs to show that he cannot allow his adminstration to be thus ridiculed. It is not enough to name phantom-like budget mafia and/or corruption machine……it is an empty rhetoric. They need to ask a few heads to step aside.

      • aiteteji

        You have to remember that we now have a democratic government and not military anymore. Everything needs time and due process. You can’t say because you are some President Buhari, you decide to put laws in your hands. That will attract a lot more criticism than we have now.

        • FactsandFigures

          Sorry but when you have a budget riddled with irregularities – some of the heads should resign and/or be fired. It has nothing to do with military and/or civilian dispensation but all to do with rules/role of governance and administration. Incompetence should not be rewarded.

          • aiteteji

            well, you have a point with the resignation but I’m sure you can’t force anyone to resign. The only thing you can do is to probe and bring such a person to justice and that’s what the president has just ordered. I hope someday soon, our people will take responsibility for their action and honorably resign from their positions.

  • Obende A.

    Editor Sir,

    Premium Times’ terminological exactitude

    Premium Times must stop supporting Buhari on this budget. Premium Times does not want to
    post my own view on this issue. I’ve now removed the word ‘bastard’ from what I wrote before;
    maybe that is why you cancelled me. But I cannot find any other word to replace the ‘bastard’
    How will I now conjugate well without adjective? Let me explain to you what I am saying to you.

    If a Director or Minister wrote down RENT FOR VILLA inside Buhari’s budget and put a figure,
    what word can one use to describe such a criminal Director or Minister, other than bastard?
    Please tell me the word. My own Advanced Learner’s dictionary does not have any synonym.
    I am begging you for a synonym because there’s no landlord of Aso Rock to pay any rent to.

    • share Idea

      lol

  • emmanuel

    Lame excuses. Prepared whilst the President was yet to appoint Ministers? Hmm.
    What then happened to the Villa Vehicle budget which was recalled and spread into other heads, believing it would sail through?
    Truth is Buhari’s integrity has always been questionable.
    How about the stolen budget which ended up with him writting officially to recall the original copy when the theft was discovered?
    Liar Mohammed, shame on you!

  • CousinBrother

    The president once said that the Civil Servants were the experts and that the Ministers are mere NOISE MAKERS! I think he has just been proved right, or hasn’t he?

  • Ehichioya Ezomon

    Why are we fighting over (deliberate) misrepresentations in the 2016 Budget Estimates? It had always been like this in the past, only that the lawmakers never scrutinized those Budgets as they are doing now. Flash back to what happened during the Senate screening of Minister-nominees. Remember, only one or two nominees were asked to ‘take a bow’ and go without examination. Most of the nominees were thoroughly grilled – some for hours. It was the first time that happened in Nigeria. So, the same thing is happening to the 2016 Budget Estimates. It’s carefully being vetted; hence the discovery of the anomalies in it. Those who prepared this Budget had been into the practice of padding it over the years, and our lawmakers would allow it pass so long as their allocations are intact. Right now, eye don de shine; the NASS allocations are down; therefore, the Budget from the Executive must be combed with the finest of toothpicks. Kudos to them, though.

    • emmanuel

      N1.6 Trillion organised theft?

    • Darlington

      Can you sell your conscience and future of your children because of N5000 monthly stipends you receive from Lair Mohammed? Stop wasting your time, you cannot defend the indefensible! #2016BUDGETOFCORRUPION.

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        You are a disgrace to humanity, trying to discredit genuine fight against corruption.

      • Basketmouth

        Was there anytime in the history of Nigerian Senate that budget has ever been rigorously scrutinized like this? These crop of national assembly members are for the most part aware that the game have changed and they have their own share of baggage. I am for the scrutiny and this is the change we all voted for. The bitter truth is this has been going forever and the civil servants especially the top echelon of the service lives off budget padding. Thank God time has changed.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          I am amazed at the ignorance of these Nigerians. I used to think they were paid mischief makers. I was wrong. They just don’t know any better.
          I can see why many of them sell their Mother for money.

        • Angry Niaja

          The civil service padded the budget, senate passed it as they were all in the know, when the monies was released they shared it, that’s is how it has been for the past 16 years.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            We have a new government trying to stop that.
            The corrupt system is fighting back & ignorant Nigerians are blaming government instead of “Rat” in the civil service.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      God bless you.

  • Curseless

    It is a new dawn indeed and it is refreshing.

  • MushinSpeaks

    This is for the wailing wailers. They had their voice heard this time. APC is for everybody thou…we welcome criticism.

    • REDEEM

      Mumu wahala————-just keep quiet-!-Who is still wailing in the wilderness–with their pornographic like propaganda-?–It is not the same thieving moaning mourners like u ati the Apes in APC ? If APC which calls itself progressives Buharimice, cannot prepare a simple budget then what are they doing in aso rock? The foundation of every ruling party in government lies in the budget——they present to the masses———Sadly the USA deceived us into tagging thief Buhari with a different name–(Born again thief)–See why most african leaders hardly ever hand over power quietly—–?–Simply-because of demons like Buhari–Rather admit he is a thief—-Buhari and the Apes hires thugs to sell him on the web–by singing his praise—-Buhari is a thief worse than abacha–he it was who encouraged them to pad the budget with those fake figures–Again–why did he withdraw the budget in the first place oya–tell us–Nigerians are just sick and tired of Buhari–Hoping against hope that he will resign and go——or have the army overthrow his government again—–Animals

  • Ifeanyi Nwoko

    You guys DO realize that the “President” is to sign off on the budget…right? Its part of something called his “job” to review it and make cuts.

    • Burning Spear

      U are sick– worse than a maggot—sadly u are an Ibo man–a brainless one at that—I wish u had penned that rubbish with a name from another ethnic group–in Nigeria–But an Ibo man–it is shameful .(The buck stops with the president-)———-So stop playing the blame game–we have had enough of this propaganda—from the Apes in APC –9jas are no long swallowing that rubbish hook line and sinker——–If the president cannot check the budget proposals with a tooth comb, then why is he in aso rock?—It means he is brain dead–How is he going to be able to carry out his policies for the country-without an eye for the figures in the budget-Sadly this mess shows he Buhari is brain dead—————————-period—————-animals

      • Ifeanyi Nwoko

        Hmmm. Thanks.

        • aisha ani

          Love you Ifeanyi, that is the best answer. Looks like Burning Spear did not bother to read or understand what you wrote.

          • Ifeanyi Nwoko

            Lol, love you too sis. Yeah, my brother Spear had me wondering what I actually posted. But even if I did post what he thinks I did, pretty harsh response.

            Ah, I just decided to leave him alone and work on bettering myself to at least become a fly 🙂

          • aisha ani

            That’s the way to go.

  • Burning Spear

    On Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers State petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, asking it to probe alleged financial recklessness of ex-Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi – Deputy Publicity Secretary in Rivers, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told journalists in Port Harcourt that President Muhammad Buhari should ensure he fulfils his promise to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption. He said: “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow. “We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done. “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.” Nwanosike, cautioned Buhari not to protect Amaechi, saying the probe of former office holders must also affect members of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Nwanosike lamented that the current administration in the state had to borrow to pay salary arrears, which the Amaechi administration failed to pay. Shedding more light on the petition which noted the alleged fraudulent transactions in the state between December 1 and 8, 2014, the official said “Can you imagine that between December 1 and 8, 2014, with one address – 25 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt, over N21bn of Rivers funds were transferred? We are asking, where did these funds go?”

    • aisha ani

      I do hope the APC in Rivers state has also petitioned the said EFCC to probe allegations of Judgement fixing by the supreme court judges. let the games begin.

  • Abimbola

    Rather than continue to peddle propaganda and spread false cheer about the progress we have made, I think it is time we admitted that our systems are warped, unwieldy and unsustainable. Like the budget itself, Nigeria was designed to sustain the mechanisms through which corruption operates rather than advance the nation. We do not need the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed, to come up with another excuse to cover sheer incompetence. The lies told by this government are not helping anybody – neither government nor citizens. What it does is to further erode our collective integrity and the will to transcend our shortcomings. Telling lies about defeating Boko Haram in order to overshadow the fact that we are fighting a resilient war with largely analogue methods has not as much as deflated reality, so why not try tell the truth for a change? Rather than the hysterical claim about some officials “sneaking” in huge sums items into the budget, we need a more introspective look at how these things happen. We need genuine answers based on sincere analysis of the problem, not more lies or excuses exonerating themselves from these glaring failures.

  • Izon Redeemer

    It is easier for Buhari and the Apes in APC ati their Itsekiri agents in his government—-to chase Ijaws like Tompolo in the creeks of the crude oil producing Niger Delta, which Buhari claims belongs to the Fulanis ati Yorubas—-than prepare a simple progressive budget for the Nation–Even when the World Bank, raised alarm over the mess Buhari made of the budget—he pretended to withdraw the budget—-then sent it back with figures that can only be understood by the Holy Spirit——–What a shame—I cry for Nigeria my country—-Ijaws did not die fighting the Biafran war, because they wanted to protect their crude oil–wells—No———Boro and his Ijaw brothers fought and died in the war to keep Nigeria ONE—–Sadly that idea is longer feasible under the draconian rule of Buhari–ati d Yoruba traitors in his government——–Let my people go——Freedom is our goal—-Animals

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    BUHARI IS PROBING HIMSELF ? HE SHOULD SPARE US THE TIME AND MONEY PLEASE !!

    The fraudulent budget was an orchestrated act of financial terrorism from the inner circle and kitchen cabinet of President Mohammadu Buhari . The astronomical figures allocated for the personal up-keep of the President ,his vice and other cronies in Aso-rock could not have happened without the President’s approval.

    NIGERIANS ARE NOT MORONS BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY THINK WE ARE !!

    • AFRICANER

      Sadly, I have to disagree with you; Nigerians are morons. Else, we won’t be here arguing about this Buhari character. We supposedly got rid of military dictators, but are being ruled by military dictators, Obasanjo, Buhari. …unbelievable!

      • Kickboxer

        Not Nigerians……the morons are Yariba almajiris and Islamic almajiris…..the Islamic almajiris are blowing themselves as for the Yariba almajiris…soon enough

    • aiteteji

      financial terrorism? you wan carry machine gun kill ant. I think what happened with the budget can happen in any other government around the world. If you truly wants development for Nigeria, which I think you’ve made up your mind to see this country fail, you’ll support Buhari to help fight the corruption that hides itself deep in the whole government parastatals or even hiding itself among some APC members. Wake up to the reality man!

  • Jacky

    While corrupt Senior Civil Servants are to be blamed, some National Assembly Members who usually collude with them in the “padding” business during the Jonathan administration are also secretly involved in the fraud. Also, efforts put by the PDP in sabotaging the Buhari administration is massive in nature. The PDP forget that they are punishing Nigerians not President Buhari. A thorough investigation into the padding fraud will reveal the involvement of Civil Servants, National Assembly and PDP Sabotage……..a dangerous combination of dangerous chemicals!

    • Burning Spear

      It seems u are now deaf to any serious reasoning—–if u think some of us will swallow the rubbish u posted given the level of discipline and fear that thief Buhari exhibits around him and for people to look Buhari in the face and pad figures for PDP then u must be insane—-why did the same PDP agents not use that very method to increase figures during the presidential elections————–would it not be better for them to be in power and steal under the watch of Jonathan, than work around Buhari and his fake anti corruption crusade–? Sadly u are from the south east again-

      • aisha ani

        The sad truth is that our politicians don’t care about Nigerians, makes no difference what party it is.

  • IZON Redeemer

    When queried about why APC’s so-called anti-corruption campaign is mostly directed at PDP opposition members, the APC party chairman John Odigie-Oyegun insists the PDP has been the party in power for the last 16 years. This is disingenuous because the APC and its legacy parties have also been in power for the last 16 years. ACN/APC has ruled Lagos for the last 16 years. Let EFCC beam its anti-corruption searchlight on that state and let us see if it will not throw up a cesspool of corruption.

    If EFCC can probe Sule Lamido who was governor of Jigawa for eight years, what prevents it from probing Rotimi Amaechi who was governor of Rivers State also for eight years? Even if we were to accept the ridiculous APC treatise that there is a corruptible seed in the PDP which immediately disappears when a PDP member becomes an APC member, then it becomes necessary to probe Amaechi in the years he was still a PDP governor, before he became a new creation of the APC. The same would apply, for example, to Rabiu Kwankwaso as PDP governor of Kano before he switched to the APC.

    Jonathan’s statesmanship.

    To win the last presidential election, APC had to match the political rigmaroles of the PDP. Indeed, APC prevailed because it was ultimately more unscrupulous. APC successfully exaggerated the vote in its areas of strength in the North-West far more than the PDP did in the South-South and the South-East. In the process, twice the number of people were alleged to have voted in old Kano (Kano and Jigawa) than did in Lagos. So meticulous were Kano voters that they did not void a single ballot out of over two million votes cast. If you believe that, you can believe anything. ARIBISALA

    In the final analysis, APC won the election because of the humanity and political maturity of one man: Goodluck Jonathan. Presidents don’t lose elections in Nigeria. The Nigerian president possesses the power and resources to manipulate any and every election to his advantage. Make no mistake about it, Goodluck Jonathan wanted to win the last election. However, he did not want to win at all costs. He lost the election because, from the get-go, he was prepared to lose for the sake of advancing the democratic process in Nigeria.

  • IZON Redeemer

    It is now easier for Buhari and the Apes in APC ati their Itsekiri agents in his government-led by Sagay—to chase Ijaws like Tompolo in the creeks of the crude oil producing Niger Delta, which Buhari claims belongs to the Fulanis ati Yorubas—-than prepare a simple progressive budget for the Nation–Even when the World Bank, raised alarm over the mess Buhari made of the budget—he pretended to withdraw the budget—-then sent it back with figures that can only be understood by the Holy Spirit——–What a shame—I cry for Nigeria my country—-Ijaws did not die fighting the Biafran war, because they wanted to protect their crude oil–wells—No———Boro and his Ijaw brothers fought and died in the war to keep Nigeria ONE—–Sadly that idea is no longer feasible under the draconian rule of Buhari–ati d Yoruba traitors in his government——–Let my people go——Freedom is our goal—-Animals

    • aiteteji

      Tawanda or whoever you are, instead of you to criticize a government constructively, you simply blame your failure on other tribes. Its shame to see how some of you display your frustration here online.

  • My take

    The most incompetent Minister in Buhari’s shambolic cabinet today is the clown – that one
    in charge of Budget and National Planning – Barrister Udo Udoma. He’s too incompetent to remain on
    the job after this fiasco. If he were self-respecting he’d have resigned yesterday, but for his hungry mouth.

    • emmanuel

      What should Buhari do after two discovered scam on same budget?

    • daniel

      Why should the president have appointed a lawyer to head Budget and Planning Ministry?

  • K-KAY

    These are signs that Nigeria is moving forward. If it were in the past, the national assembly would connive with the corrupt civil servants and ministers tshshare the loot. It’s obvious that budget padding isn’t a new innovation, but the current sheriff isn’t joking with the war against corruption. Congratulations Nigeria!

  • Opoku Jude

    It is quite clear this is what has been happening to our budget until now. We have a rapacious elite who pad the budget to suit their lifestyle,while the ordinary people languish in poverty.

    Now I see the reason why the budget has never worked : trillions every year yet nothing in the country to show for it. We await more revelation, as Buhari .cleanses the stinky Augean Stable.

    • emmanuel

      Elite? Same elite that tried to steal the budget and when that did not work, he officially recalled it and did abrakadabra with Aso Villa Car head; which he hid under other sub- heads and returned same as updated?
      Does that same man you have refused to blame represent change or a thieving lot?
      N1.6 Trillion borrowing to finance same sum discovered as padded. What more does the World need to know about this man who increased budget by 33% at a time when Saudi Arabia dropped her budget by 14%?

      • Opoku Jude

        The question to be asked is : was it competence that made us not to discover padded budget in the past? No. I say so because the budget we have had in our recent democratic history has not worked.

        The PDP in the national assembly in the past collaborated with the executive to ensure the padded budget was not revealed because they knew how to get their share from the ministries and agencies, once the budget was passed.

        Now with the anti-corruption war going on, and no way to get that share, the senators and House of Reps members are now willing to do their job of scrutinising the budget.

        Guess you are aware Saraki is to be prosecuted, so certainly no love lost between him and Buhari.

        Once again thank God for the revelation…

      • aiteteji

        some of you just write without deep thinking. Do you really believe a paper can get that lost in this electronic age? Same paper that was distributed to the whole national assembly? Some of you should stop displaying ignorance here online. And by the way, the House has just started doing facing the job we elected them for, i.e looking deeply into the budget..etc. They have been previously busy with looting or following someone to a court proceedings that has nothing to do with what we elected them for.

        • emmanuel

          Electronics you said?
          where are the 2015 soft copies which are different from declared results in most States, did you get them since they are also in soft copies? mums.
          Are you saying Buhari never attempt to steal the Budget and replace with the BMW Cars budget that was spread in other Aso Villa heads?
          for your information, i have a Senator friend in the NASS Assembly and have a picture of what happened.
          part of the problem we now have in Nigeria, lies with you Facebook mugs that reason with their eyes and not brains, so you imagine what happened may not have happened?

  • Excisionist

    CROCODILE TEARS !!!
    If Buhari claims not to know about the budget padding, the honorable thing to do is to resign. It makes no sense that as head of state he did not care to crosscheck the budget before sending it to NASS.

    Anyway, this whole thing was not a mistake. It was pre-planned with clear nonferrous motive. Because he is pretending to fight corruption, so in order not to be caught in his own corrupt practices he decided to pad the budget so that it would appear as normal spending. This is the culture of the Hausa-Fulani. They run the nation as a feudal system.

    Like Major G.G Okar rightly said, Excision is the answer