Jonathan avoids National Assembly, sends Okonjo-Iweala to present 2015 budget

Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

At a time of intense tension between Nigeria’s executive and legislative arms of government, President Goodluck Jonathan confirmed Tuesday he will not be presenting the 2015 budget proposal personally to the National Assembly, in a move that appears aimed at avoiding a possible confrontation with lawmakers.

Mr. Jonathan has mandated finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to do the presentation on his behalf.

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala will present the budget Wednesday, separately to the Senate and the House of Representatives, both houses of parliament announced Tuesday.

Lawmakers have been furious at Mr. Jonathan after police launched a humiliating raid on the National Assembly in November, firing teargas as they attempted to stop the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, from entering the complex.

The government and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] have remained angry with Mr. Tambuwal after he defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress [APC].

Mr. Jonathan has not categorically denied knowledge of the police siege, although his office claimed the police acted right to check an alleged assault on the National Assembly by hoodlums.

Lawmakers have been more infuriated after nearly half of them lost out at the primaries of the two major parties in the last two weeks.

The lawmakers blame the president for failing to help them return in 2015.

Aggrieved senators blame the Senate president, David Mark, amid reports some legislators planned to move against Mr. Mark.

A letter written by President Jonathan to the Senate and the House of Representatives Tuesday said the presentation of the budget will be done by Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala.

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala did the presentation on behalf of the president in 2013. At the time, there were concerns over oil price benchmark and the venue of the joint sitting.

Mr. Jonathan said his new request is based on the provisions of Section 81 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.

The president requested that the Senate grant entry to Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala during its plenary meeting.

Mr. Jonathan submitted a revised version of the 2015-2017 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, which had earlier been sent in twice and withdrawn each time.

The president noted that after the last submission, oil prices fell immensely.

He said the decision of Oil Producing and Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their meeting in Vienna, November 27, not to cut production to support the price, led to the fall in the oil price to below $70 per barrel.

President Jonathan stated that these developments in the international oil market had called for further revisions and amendments to the MTEF.

“I hereby forward copies of the revised 2015-2017 MTEF for kind consideration of distinguished members of the Senate and hope it would be considered and approved expeditiously in order to bring the 2015 federal government of Nigeria budget preparation process to quick closure,” he wrote.

The president urged the senate to consider and approve the MTEF proposal and the budget.


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  • amazing2012

    Surely he is not a commander in chief ! Fear of Boko now fear of legislative haram !

    • Smith Scott

      Because most of the legislative now wear suicide vest.

    • Otile

      Who is not fearful of Mohammedans? Today they killed 126 yara Paki. Yesterday they held hostages with the intention to kill in Australasia. Any religion that does not respect the lives of innocent children cannot respect the lives adults. Do you understand?

      • amazing2012

        A true chrsitian is not afraid of anything. “They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”
        Hebrews 2:15 ” and deliver them who thriugh fear of death were all their lifetime subjct to bondage”

  • kwango

    The truth is that the president lacks knowledge of budget specifics and cannot explain any part or content. By the way his administration doesn’t spend money according to the budget. Unbudgeted N9 billion wasted on moribund national conference, Unbudgeted $15 million laundered to South Africa, Unbudgeted stove fund of N7.9 million and still counting. God will save Nigeria come February 2015.

    • Smith Scott

      Wait till 2020. I know hunger has been beating the whole north for some time now. Just wait for your turn as he will win.

      • GEJisaDISASTER

        The food you eat in Nigeria comes from where?

        • Smith Scott

          Imported from China and Thailand. You can sell your Yam and rice to Cameroon. We don’t need them here as they are not well processed.

          • GEJisaDISASTER

            Who eats arsenic laden food from China and Thailand? Go and check your kidney and liver or keep your will stand by

  • warry

    Most Nigerians are too sentimental to issues thereby missing the point. If the law allows the president to send the finance minister, what is the crime? Indeed tensions are high and most of us are too quick to blame someone for even our own shortcomings

    • Ernesto

      Dont mind them

  • pastorakinleye

    Jonathan is now in hiding .. hostage-in-chief has abdicated from governing from which he was not up to snuff and should be shown the exit next February for the sake of Nigeria.

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    Where’s the news here bikonu?

    • Wähala

      Thinking is not for everyone… you can’t see the news because you can think for yourself. Wait for Reno!

  • Wähala

    Na fowl wey mess ground dey pursue…

    Dumbo cannot go to the North East… because of Boko Haram.
    Dumbo cannot go to his South-South… because of Tompolo
    Dumbo cannot go to the House of Reps… because of Tambuwal
    Dumbo cannot go to the Senate… because he duped Lawmakers
    But, Dumbo can Go to Hell !!!

    • Chris1408

      On a one way express ticket

      • Otile

        You sound like a Mohammedan.

  • Truthometer

    Eh! If na you, you go fit go? After Dumbo don shit for pulpit? Dumbo can obviously see the end in sight, despite the herds of sycophants and hang-ons cheering him on. Otuoke! otuoke! otuoke! Enter with your change oooo!!!

    • Wähala

      He’s always shitting in public. Last year he dodged going because Lawmakers were waiting to boo him…
      This year he cannot go because Lawmakers are waiting to carve their pound of political flesh from his slimy ass…
      Is it not easier for him to resign than keep stepping on toes and dodging his duties? Quite frankly, where can he go?

    • tundemash

      u dey craze O ! ……. who u wan carry enter One Chance go Otuoke ?

  • GEJisaDISASTER

    Another confirmation that NOI is one of the five presidents running Nigeria today

  • Wähala

    Why not send Sambo?
    Has anybody ever seen Sambo representing the Nigerian Govt. in any event locally and internationally?
    Why are we paying VP Sambo jumbo(lly) if he can’t move his aboki ass beyond Villa photo-ops and FEC ops?
    Why does Dumbo always dodge his responsibilities while projecting my sister as the sitting duck for public insults?
    Why does Dumbo make a habit of mouthing-off first, then, running under the bed cover later when the smoke goes up?
    What does the Constitution say…
    That the President must appear in person to present/defend his annual budget proposals. Is this not against the Law?
    Where is Prof. Itsa Sagay, Prof. Nwabueze, SAN, Femi Falana… and all those know-it-all clowns in dusty horsetail wigs?
    The Constitution says it is incumbent upon a sitting President to fully implement the Budget… when was the last time Dumbo even chased 50% implementation of the Budget? According to the Constitution, it is an “impeachable offense” if the President fails to fully implement the budget after cashing the cheque. Dr. Jona Dumbo cannot continue to dodge his responsibilities to the Nigerian people yet, ask the same folks to re-elect him for a 3rd. swearing-in. The NASS should not accept the budget this time from Dr. NOI, they should ask her in what capacity is she presenting the national budget… as Prime Minister or VP?
    President is not about wearing full military garb on Army Day and smiling sheepishly waving hands and looking forward to the ogogoro that will surely flow afterwards. It is about “presence” in war fronts to boost troop morale; it is about commiserating with aggrieved Nigerians wherever tragedy hit them; it is about signing Bills into Laws; presenting the national budget to the NASS… it is about taking responsibility and being seen as taking those responsibilities. It’s not about excuses and abdication from duty post. Not about “only me matters” and “I don’t give a damn”…Dumbo is simply not cut out of leather, he’s khaki. Not even a real military khaki… but, Made-in-Aba, dyed in Kano indigo khaki. Nonsense!

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      Please in this no law forbid him delegating anyone to do budget presentation. But if on responsibilities attached to his post, he suppose do the presentation by himself.

    • Rotimi Lawanson

      The reason he wouldn’t send Sambo is what I had mentioned earlier. Why are all of you so absolutely daft? What is so special in presenting a budget? In most countries it is the Finance Minister that actually presents the budget not the President. In South Africa, UK, US etc it is the Minister of Finance and not the President that presents the budget. It is only in Nigeria where we do things upside down that people will clamor for the President to present a budget. The President is supposed to present the State of the Union while the Minister of Finance or Treasury Secretary in most countries presents the budget so if the President delegates this authority he is actually doing the right thing. Let’s leave silly childish comments and politics apart from all this.

  • the truth

    All these propaganda. Why didn’t premium times tell readers that this is not the first, second or third time Jonathan has not presented the budget at the national assembly. In OBJ’s eight years as President how many times did he present the budget in the na. No doubt there is tension but don’t paint the image your pay masters want you to paint. We will see when the poll starts.

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      OBJ never missed it in all his 8 years, even the dying Yar’adua spell still presented by himself. It was last year GEJ alone he refused to go by himself and now planning to do same this year. The only thing is, no law forbid him delegating any person to do the presentation.

    • Wähala

      Why do you blame Premium Times with all your comments yet, you’re everyday here?
      Why not do me a favor better than odeku (since I can afford it) and vamoose from this site?
      You’re complaining more than Dumbo himself, are you cut out of the same cloth? Maybe, you should contact PT and ask them to give you a column where you can provide us with daily analysis on contemporary Naija issues… instead of whining like a dog without tail. Aah begi… your cry-cry don do!

      • the truth

        Mr Wahala i am not crying out like atiku, i am just saying the press should be the last arbiter of truth in nation building. After all is said and done mama bisi odeku will solve this issue

        • Wähala

          Between us, yes!
          But unfortunately, Nigeria has some kosher Muslims who do not do ‘ode baba’ that’s why we must carry everybody along… if you catch my drift. Forget the press, have you ever seen a journalist going to confess his sins before any Rev. Fathers? The reason is because Father always chases them away for confessing the same sins week-in, week-out. To make a living in the business, you have to be a career liar… like you!

          • tundemash

            career liar ….. lol !

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            You don finish this guy “the truth” career liar, truly.

    • tundemash

      do u need to lie to justify nonsense? Name the year OBJ missed presenting the budget personally .
      Anyway I am not surprised Dumbo ran, he’s a coward. Just make sure he doesn’t do a runner from the Presidential debate this year as he did in 2011 too !
      As per you moaning on Premium Times daily like a broken record … must you read the “trash” dish out to you by Premium Times ? Are u compelled to be on Premium Times ?

      • the truth

        If you are a student of history you would know obj missed a budget presentation. Please go do some 10 second research and report back to me. You are the coward. And i hope you have saved the little money you have to travel to go and vote.All these your ranting will be read back to you in february

        • tundemash

          give us the year OBJ missed the presentation in one word instead of blabbing ! Let us learn from you, give us the year Mr. Career Liar !

          • the truth

            no i want u to partake in 10 second research, with that before u present any lie as fact on this forum you must have researched. Don’t give him fish, teach him how to fish. I need to teach you, take your lazy a** and do some research, show your apc pay masters that you need a bonus for your posting job. Earn it son

          • tundemash

            You are a career liar indeed caught with his hands deep in the cookie jar !

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          Mr. Man stop dishing out lies. OBJ in his 8 years reign he never one day missed it. It’s only GEJ that has missed it once and planning to miss the second one.

      • Rotimi Lawanson

        Why are all of you so absolutely daft? What is so special in presenting a budget? In most countries it is the Finance Minister that actually presents the budget not the President. In South Africa, UK, US etc it is the Minister of Finance and not the President that presents the budget. It is only in Nigeria where we do things upside down that people will clamor for the President to present a budget. The President is supposed to present the State of the Union while the Minister of Finance or Treasury Secretary in most countries presents the budget so if the President delegates this authority he is actually doing the right thing. Let’s leave silly childish comments and politics apart from all this.

        • tundemash

          You are an empty barrel who thinks the more untruths he pushes out there the more believable he is . Can you tell us the name of the Finance Minister who presents the budget in the United States?

          UK operates the parliamentary system and the constitution specifically states that the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) presents the budget and he cannot delegate this responsibility so it is ibnorance that makes you insinuate this responsibility is delegated to him by the Prime Minister.

          Below is the process of the budget presentation in the United States and clearly stated; THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SUBMITS A BUDGET REQUEST TO THE CONGRESS ! Drop the bottle and be sober next time before pasting untruths !
          I am waiting for you tell us also that Presidential debates are done with musicians in the US and UK as was done with Dbanj in 2011

          • Rotimi Lawanson

            You are an absolute dunce. I never said that in the UK the Prime Minister delegates the responsibility. You are actually so silly that you don’t realise you are actually making my point for me. You have actually proved what I was saying. I said that in those countries it is the finance Minister that presents the budget while the President or Prime Minister presents the State of the Union. I said it is only in Nigeria that the President presents the budget. So if he delegates his authority to the Minister of Finance he is actually doing the right thing after all he isn’t the one that prepared the budget and will not know the intricacies of what is in the budget. This is simple logic. So what are you copying and pasting that for? Please read carefully before you jump to display your ignorance.

          • tundemash

            Cl0wn …. the issue here was Dumbo delegating his responsibility to the Finanace Minister and you cited UK and US as places where Finanace Minister presents budget and now you are caught in your lie, you are hallucinating …….. and do not forget you are still yet to name the United states Finance Minister that presents budget and which year it was.
            Aslo you still have yet to name which year the Prime Minister in the UK and US President chose to debate musicians instead of his political oponent in a Presidential debate or is it a case of citing US and UK when it is convenient for your case Mr. Village idi0t ?

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    Well as there’s no law forbidding Mr. President delegating authority to another person to present budget on his behalf but on responsibilities attached to his position and by precedences since 1999 no President had ever miss the presentation except GEJ in two years in a row, even the dying Yar’adua still find time to present it by himself. Why scared of your shadow, if you think you’re in the right path?

  • Smith Scott

    I heard that some of the Hausa Fulani lawmakers are now wearing suicide vest? GEJ is being security caution.

    • tundemash

      i beg borrow him your balls since he has refused to grow a pair !

      • Smith Scott

        The constitution already borrowed him some balls. That is what he is using right now. It is legal for him not to appear.

        • tundemash

          Cl0wn ….. he’s just proved OBJ right. One of the 5 Presidents is presenting the budget !

          • Otile

            Abubakar tundemash, don’t use that word, clown. It makes you look rude and uncouth.

          • tundemash

            Otile Shekau the cl0wn …. you can hang yourself higher than Saro Wiwa for all i care !

          • Otile

            Are you still using the word, clown? It does not help you, any.

  • Smith Scott

    The man is respecting himself as most of these law makers are hoodlums. You can ask Police IG to confirm this.

  • Chris1408

    NASS has turned to Chibok for GEJ, no go zone.

  • Smith Scott

    What a man can do, woman can do it better. Please you guys should take heart.

    • Chris1408

      Including massive corruption at NNPC and SEC.

      • tundemash

        and Ministry of Aviation.

        • Otile

          Also the Turai cabinate.

          • tundemash

            ofcourse they all belong to the criminal gang PDP. Meanwhile you better don’t annoy that woman , Turai, else she comes for that coward GEJ again .!
            The fear of Turai is the beginning of wisdom for Dumbo …. don’t say i didn’t warn you.

          • Otile

            You are right, Hajiatu might unleash her girls well strapped to find us in Eko.

          • tundemash

            Was that the reason Dumbo was hiding under the bed in Aso Rock until the SAVE NIGERIA GROUP came saving the cl0wn from mental and physical abuse from Turai ?

            By th gerace of God, we will sweep the criminal gang away. Keep your stove properly, you would need it in jail !

          • Otile

            You see, while many of us were trying to save GEJ from Hajiatu’s assault you were egging her on to send him back to Otueke. Now why do you expect him to do anything for you?

          • tundemash

            are you tunde bakare ? you are a fraudster. people like you have made the Ijaw President a subject of ridicule by your religious and ethnic bigotry.

          • Otile

            GEJ has never been an ethnic or religious bigot at any time. You Mohammedans reason like Hajiyatu Turia. You cannot accept the rule of a non-Mohammedan/non-Hausa Fulani. Even if GEJ performs a wonderful miracle at Tinubu SQ in broad daylight Mohammedans will still doubt him. We are not surprised by the opposition he is getting from APC Mohammedan party.

          • Oleku

            There’s no detribalised Nigerian–ours is a marriage of convenience and you know it–the ethnic bigotry talk won’t fly–tell me one detribalised Nigerian you know-we shall never seat idle and watch Naija become a sharia caliphate as witnessed in Mubi by APC military wing–my unborn kids must live in a free society and attend school without being abducted and/or butchered-nonsense

          • Jujubeans

            What hole have you just crawled out from? No detribalised Nigerian? Tell that to the millions who have married across ethnic lines, who have children with names like Kelechi Adebanjo, or Bunmi Okeke etc etc. Your “break up” ship has long sailed my friend. Either catch up or shut up.

    • tundemash

      yeah right hence one of the 5 Presidents OBJ mentioned is presenting the budget ….. soon Mama Piss (Hipo) go read the budget to the nation …..atleast she’s a woman too and one of the 5 Presidents !

      • Otile

        Abubakar tundemash, can you remember the name of the concubine who presented the fictitious budget when Hajiyatu Turai was president? Did you question that budget?

        The only thing that can satisfy you is to impose a Fulani, illiterate or not, dead or dying to rule the unwilling populace. We are going to resist that move till the end.

  • Tunebay

    Now I believe he is going to do his presidential debate via video link.

    • tundemash

      lol !

    • Jujubeans

      Video link? He doesn’t even have the balls to do that. No he’ll just send Patience, (no that would be too humiliating) he’ll just send Diezani and pretend he’s not feeling well.

  • Proudly Niger Deltan

    Why should Great Jona go and face legislaTHIEVES? …How can he face thieves like Farouk de Dollar or Terrorists like Ndume of Bornu? DrThese scallywags dont deserve to be exalted by the presence of a Great president like Dr Jonathan.

  • Ayelala

    The fact is that, the man is a dummy. The Iweala person he is sending is a dummy as well. The so-called world bank / IMF experts come a dollar a dime. Go to wall Street and the city of London, you will find many of them there with fancy titles like vice president, president, director etc. Meanwhile, all they do all day is clerical work.
    By the time this woman is finished with the country, the World food programme would be giving grains to citizens, like we use to see happen in Somalia, Ethiopia etc

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan, has once again demonstrates his lack of compose-leadership quality,competency,capability and competency to stand and deliver Nigeria annual-budget address before our national assembly honourable members.
    President Ebele Jonathan’s errand courier carrier-finance minister,Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala,herself does not possess the so-called-expertise and techno-crat know-how with her shoddy manners she mis-manages the excess-crude account and our foreign reserve of S68 billion dollars that former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s government left behind after the expiration of his second term in office.
    On both president Ebele Jonathan and Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s watch,there were looting,stealing and embezzlement of our national funds and assets like:Fuel subsidy scam,import duty waver scam,NNPC-massive scam,non-existent-power-price triple increases,naira-devaluation,inflation crisis and the collapse of the Nigeria main foreign exchange earniing and Dr Okonjo Iweala’s outright failure to reduce the 73% focus on payment of politicians outrageous salaries and stinking huge allowances and her mis-management of the Nigeria foreign reserve and excess crude account.Dr Okonjo Iweala bears the blame not state governors,as state governors could not have access the excess crude account and Nigeria foreign reserve as only the finance minister and president Ebele Jonathan have the authority to access those national account.

    • Otile

      Mr Awosan only an envious person like you can deny that Dr Iweala is more than qualified for the job she is doing for Nigeria. Besides, South-South/East feed other regions, pay your awon oba salaries, pay your local and state workers, pay the jumbo salaries of your federal legislators. From Arna Gowon to Imam Abusalami’s criminal administrations did any citizen of South-South/East occupy a meaning Federal post? Whom did your criminal masters answer to? Were they not writing fictitious contract awards to their concubines, relatives and cronies?

      Nigeria is disintegrating under your very nose.

    • Rotimi Lawanson

      Why are all of you so absolutely daft? What is so special in presenting a budget? In most countries it is the Finance Minister that actually presents the budget not the President. In South Africa, UK, US etc it is the Minister of Finance and not the President that presents the budget. It is only in Nigeria where we do things upside down that people will clamor for the President to present a budget. The President is supposed to present the State of the Union while the Minister of Finance or Treasury Secretary in most countries presents the budget so if the President delegates this authority he is actually doing the right thing. Let’s leave silly childish comments and politics apart from all this.

  • emmanuel

    Jonathan by implication told you media scums in 2013 to go study the Constitution to understand that he is not compelled to submit the Budget estimate himself.

    Why should you put up this headlines again this year if you are not upto your dirty job – campaign of calumny!

  • SAM .A

    It is high time for people on this medium to search for a befitting name for this Truth man , who want us to believe he is writing the truth , but each time push out lies, argue ignorantly with lots of tantrum , reply unintelligently to most of the treading with lies . Wahala, Chris 1408 and Tundemash , please get him another name that will reflect his dumb write up on this medium Enough of him bearing truth , but spilling out lies in the name of politics.
    Mr Liar , u need another job , you are here every hour , every day , week and month. You really need help bc the current source may soon dry up.

    • tundemash

      @Wahala gave him one already and shut the dindinrin up, atleast for now ……Career Liar.
      He’s the lowest of the e-rats …… very nauseating amnesty camp idi0t !

  • favourtalk

    Nobody will impeach him, he should just go and present the crap budget and we will surely do the needful come 2015 to impeach him out of office

  • MushinSpeaks

    How will he appear at Presidential debate when as President he couldnt face Senators to be grilled on questions about our economy and state of the nation. And you all want him for another four years?

    CHANGE!

  • hyperbole123

    a thief who should be kicked out and sent to jail. cheap drunkard of a president?