BREAKING: Buhari sends “corrected” 2016 budget to National Assembly

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President Muhammadu Buhari has formally sent amendments to the 2016 budget to the National Assembly.

A letter from the president notifying lawmakers of the “corrections” was read Tuesday by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, during senate plenary.

A document containing the corrections was attached to the letter.

The president in his letter said the “draft bill remains the same and there are no changes in figures”.

The letter reads: ‪“It will be recalled that on Tuesday, 22 December, 2015, I presented my 2016 budget proposals to the joint sitting of the national assembly. I submitted a draft bill accompanied by a schedule of details.

“At the time of submission, we indicated that because the details had just been produced, we would have had to check to ensure that there were no errors in the detailed breakdown contained in the schedule.

“That has since been completed and I understand that the corrections have been submitted.

“The national assembly would therefore have the details as submitted on the 22nd and a copy containing the corrections submitted last week. It appears that this has led to some confusion.

“In this regard, please find attached the corrected version. This is the version the national assembly should work with as my 2016 budget estimates. The draft bill remains the same and there are no changes in any of the figures.”

Mr. Saraki asked the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, to ensure the copies of the corrected document are circulated today, Tuesday, so that the Senate will start debate on Wednesday.

The 2016 budget generated controversy last week after senators said the documents presented by the president were missing.

The senate on Thursday accused the president’s aide, Ita Enang, of distributing a version of the budget different from what the president submitted.


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  • Romberg

    So what was the effective date the budget estimate was submitted, Dec 2015 or Jan 2016? For the first time in a million years, a Nigerian administration actually submitted a budget with errors, and ceremoniously too! This is the height of incompetence. But I trust the perpetrators will merely admit this to a flimsy excuse, but the spade being a spade is that there is no much difference between incompetence and corruption.

    • aisha ani

      What’s the big deal? Stop being dramatic.

      • share Idea

        The big deal is that someone who does not carry out his duty over a small assignment can not successfully carried a bigger task when delegated – Buhari is very incompetent

        • Patriot

          Where were you when GEJ was sleeping and snoring on duty until everything we had was stolen away? Hypocrites

          • Romberg

            Is 2016 about GEJ again? If GEJ was such a monumental failure, must Buhari beat him to the prize of the worse president in the history of Nigeria? Simple budget, Buhari cannot write without error. Are you sure there are no more error in the budget still? Is that how Ro lead a nation? High school government with primary school error!

          • gboromiro

            Balderdash!
            I could live and identify with a President whose mistakes are in budget plans, but not with one whose mistakes are to rob the nation blind of its money and resources along with his supporters.
            One is a mistake of the heart and inadvertent, the other is obviousy deliberate, insensitive, selfish and a matter of questionable values, one which was not bothered about the fate of the country.
            As you can see, whatever error was made on the budget is history, not so Jonothing’s brigandage which is significantly more difficult to claw back and will remain with us for a while.

          • Romberg

            Jonathan was an idol to some when he came in. They took him for a messiah because he rode on the wings of luck to aso rock. Now that his failure has become obvious, he is now an orphan. You voted for him! So you are the balderdash! I make bold to say the error in Buhari’s budget is not that of innocence. It’s the same as that of jonathan’s incompetence that preceded the numerous gates we now have. If you think Buhari is the best thing to ever or will ever happen to Nigeria, I will give you another 6 years when a different person will look into his records.

            Again the truth be told. If we spew on some people for being thieves and for someone for being incompetent, we should should not hold back the barrel against another who is so disorganised to become an embarrassment to the nation. In my adult life, I have never heard, read about, neither have I seen any country in the world where an upright leader submitted two versions of budget of yams to the National Assembly. That has never happened in the history of Nigeria, not in Afghanistan or hell. Only in Nigeria, by one man of history, your emperor!

            You can lie or you can. You can cover the truth all you can. Buhari’s incompetence as a leader, and in managing the economy, policies and information, is inexcusable. That is the truth. We will echo it consistently.

          • gboromiro

            Your opinion or “truth”, not mine. In less polluted climes, it is called budget amendment! I have read plenty even in the most advanced democracy. So, big deal. But,
            Ii concede to you the right to your opinions or “truths”” as it pleases you.
            I can only glean sour grapes from your contribution on this subject and will gladly wait another 6 years to gloat over how you got it all wrong. God willing.

          • Romberg

            God willing! Hilarious! We know his records. Actually 6 years is an eternity. I didn’t have to fight a hoot about Jonathan. But y’all went out fighting for the evocation of the doctrine of necessity so he could crawl into Aso Rock. I am happy you now know that’s unnecessary.

            I will not remind you again, but note that Buahri’s first budget goof and the way he has handled the economy has so far is close to what he did in 1978. Naira was nearly $2 was in got into power. By the time he left, N2 was nearly half a cent. Babangida’s SAP cremated whatever cream we had left.

            When you think about Buhari, think about 2015 budget. Think about jobs. Think about the state of the economy, inflation, government policies…. Buhari’s regime derailed Ajaokuta, Nigeria’s best shot to industrialisation. He’s got no joker to heal the economy now. The money he’ll recover through his current crusade is already in the pipeline to the pigs that underwrote his government. He’s not, and cannot be smarter than these ungodly thieves. He himself is one of them. At the right time, the truth will speak for itself, just as it is doing now.

          • gboromiro

            At least, we now know where you are coming from and where you stand. You obviously want us to believe that Buhari devalued the Naira in his first coming and now and that he ran the economy around in 7months. And the profligacy and mismanagement of the erstwhile regime has nothing to do with it. I am comfortable enough with history, Econs and finance to be certain your analyses are wrong. I repeat, all cock and bull. The economy tanked even b4 PMB’s admin.
            I have no doubt in my mind, PMB is the right choice and your doomsday projection will come to naught.
            Absolutely, truth will speak for itself.

          • Romberg

            Lovely optimism, but blind trust. You ignored the fact that he failed in his first coming, and that we know his other records. Were his errors PDP’s fault, even before PDP was formed? Isn’t awful that you ignore these truth? How long does it take a president to make an economic plan? How long does it take him to announce a clear agenda for the nation? PDP must have stolen his power of articulation. All he does now is to accuse, prosecute, then be the judge and the jury…. If you think PDP caused it, fine. He can’t run a government simply by catching thieves. People want jobs. They want good universities and hospitals. Dasukigate didn’t get to these, did it? So the nation wants to move forward. Leave law enforcers to catching the thieves. Now provide governance. Corruption in Nigeria is not limited to the political class. The real thieves are in our institutions. They are those who stole people’s pension. Is there any clean police office in Nigeria? How about narcotic abusers in the army. Our universities? The best of them won’t match secondary school standards elsewhere in the world. Will Dasukigate cure these?

          • gboromiro

            @Romberg,
            You must desist from propagating your opinions as facts. Truth? Reads more like a loser’s truth. Your words; “You ignored the fact that he failed in his frst coming…” No Sir. That is no fact, but your opinion. For instance, i rated his military regime a huge success as do majority of other Nigerians. What evidence you ask; he was elected in March 2015.
            If you cannot glean economic policy direction by now then it will take a while for you, sorry.
            Someone had to show the liver to halt the race to bankruptcy the administration/party you preferred was in. I can never fault or deride the efforts to recover stolen money no matter how ugly it gets. Corruption fights back in different forms.
            The fight against corruption must start somewhere, it will be dirty and long. I like that its taken off at least. No thanks to your preferred administration.
            The Buhari administration is showing leadership, and governance is on-going, but only the unshackled eyes, fair minded, would see it and acknowledge.

          • Romberg

            Lovely optimism. Please do me and your cognition a favour. Summary Buhari’s successes during his first coming and explain why these didn’t lead to his success in three previous elections, and whether GEJ’s abysmal performance and the APC factor (propaganda) made any difference to his fortunes. All of a sudden, Buhari is now the Nigerian hero. Why are we just realising this?

          • gboromiro

            Good Morning Rombetg,
            I won’t even bother. There is nothing i tell you about PMB’s first coming that you will not challenge with your opinion, xteristic of those who have taken positions like yours. Let’s just acknowkedge our differences of opinion on that subject.
            On the other hand, he is not a new hero, he had always been in the heart ❤ of the silent majority. Of cos, his alliances and sacrifices invoved(you call it propaganda) this time around paid off big time. Add to that the woeful performance of that spunkless Joe, and the choice couldn’t be clearer.
            You make it sound propaganda is one sided, but its not. One of the reasons he failed in his earlier three attempts and people like you always

          • gboromiro

            attempt to rewrite history

          • gboromiro

            but you will fail again.

          • Romberg

            The point is: he never had an achievement. His luck this time will soon run out. Chief Lie did an horrific job lying every minute of the day, that’s why he won the election. But Buhari’s support base is now depleted. People tend to know more of him every time he broke a promise. There will be more heartbreaks when people find that his budget of yams is not implementable. Again, he will be 1 year in office soon. The nation will be keen to count his achievements. The infrastructure he built, the change he promised in health, power and education, the convictions…. Questions will be raised e.g. as to how a head of state will choose to work like a police commissioner. His military mentality is all he has. He could as well become the first head of state to be impeached – for disparaging the rule of law. You will be surprised when it happens.

      • Otile

        Aisha my darling, please don’t defend this kind of incompetence. The bungling is the height of embarrassment to us. We look bad in this unwanted bungle. We are talking about the giant of Africa, the economic powerhouse of Africa.

        • gboromiro

          Nonsense, only scoffers and losers try to dramatise non issue to distract. Now its corrected, what is your story? How can someone not embarrassed by PDP’s brigandage claim embarrassment on account of an error of detail.
          Try again, Mister.

          • Romberg

            You won’t realise the gravity of this mistake until the budget becomes utterly un-implementable. Then you will cry it’s PDP again!

      • Romberg

        ‘You mean what is the big deal in a budget of yam and error’? We understand shame differently. Soon he will read the wrong speech in the United Nations. Soon he will sing the wrong laws…. The initial draft was made in error. Who will be blamed for it? And are you sure the final draft is free from error? What a way to lead a nation! We will be better for it if these people are able to remove the logs in their own eyes (i.e. resolve their incompetence) before complaining about the dust in others’ eyes.

    • Burbank

      Nigeria is looted raped plunder and robbed for decades and thousands died due Boko Haram, Tompolo is bombing Delta and BAYELSA, and you worried about whether the submission date is Jan ’15 or Dec ’16!

      • Romberg

        So Nigerians deserve a poorly written budget because of Tompolo and Boko Haram? See your logic? Which one happened first? It’s all a life of excuses… Or perhaps they should have told the nation they are intimidated by the problems we have had. That makes them more incompetent. What is the difference between those who stole Nigeria blind and those who remove her brake on the highway to economic doom?

        • Burbank

          So now the accusation is “a poorly written budget”?
          Before it was stolen, then missing, then doctored, them not missing!

  • share Idea

    APC and Buhari are just jesters, they tried stealing original budget proposal and were cut pants-down and instead of apologizing to the nation, they presented a belated letter to suggest that nothing untoward was down in the past.

    Tome the action of Buhari and APC is greater corruption (forgery and stealing) that needs to be talked first before looking into the past.

    • Henry_Itopa

      The senate has already come out to say it was never missing. You are still holding onto that lie. So who is the jester?

      • Romberg

        What do you expect of the senate? Remember Saraki is already in their cage…

    • Patriot

      You are making empty noise instead of you blaming even the Assembly for embarrassing the nation by using the wrong word to describe whatever happened as “stolen”. How can a document that has both had and soft copies and was loaded on their website be stolen? Changes and amendments are lawful and allowed worldwide. What about previous govts that have been fraudulently presenting and passing faulty budget for years to facilitate their looting? Even if truly it was missing, it is an ordinary paper that had many more copies that was missing not money, not $2.1billion; pmb has not stolen any money like his predecessor. So I wonder why you hypocrites are focusing on ringworm or eczema when you have leprosy untreated on your skin

      • Romberg

        What will you say about committees who spent their entire chrismas and new year holiday working on the erroneous budget?