Despite evidence, Nigerian govt. insists 2016 budget not padded

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said on Saturday that the 2016 budget was not padded because the total figure voted for all ministries had not exceeded N6.08 trillion which was the official sum proposed by the government.

Briefing journalists in Lagos, he said: “The total for every ministry has remained exactly the same as what was submitted to the National Assembly.

“A lot has been said about the budget. Let make clear that nobody can ever accuse this government of padding any budget.

“The total of all ministries put together has not exceeded N6.08 trillion that was submitted. It is factually incorrect to say that the budget was padded.

“This is the first time in the history of this country that a government will embark on what is called zero-based budget.

“Before now, the budget system was what was called an envelope system. In an envelope system, there is no justification as to why we need N30 billion for a structure.’’

“This year, we decide that every ministry must have a zero-based budget. In other word, you must justify and explain why you need N100 billion.

“This is very good system, the software for it was also very different. The personnel were not used to it.

“Now, in the process we got to National Assembly. What the ministers do is to have a broad overview of the budget. The template used by the Budget Office is uniform for all ministers.’’

The minister also said exports, balance of trade, Gross Domestic Product were responsible for currency appreciation and depreciation.

“Before now we use to sell crude for about 100 dollar per barrel which means if we produce two million barrels per day, you have something in the region of 200 million dollar less the expenditure of production and others.

“But today for the same two million barrels, you have less than 60 million dollar less the cost of production.’’

“Clearly if your major source of exchange is crude and it has gone down from 100 per cent, you have lost 70 per cent of your source.

“Secondly, if your balance of trade is surplus, in other word, if you export more than you import, then you are going to have less money to settle other countries.

“What the government is doing is to ensure that the little resources we have are properly managed. Part of decision we took was Treasury Single Account.

“Others include blocking all sort form of corruption and diversify economy so that we can get foreign exchange for other sources,’’ he said. (NAN)


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  • Amir

    It is known fact that fortunato, the world renowned ineffectual buffoon ruined the economy before handing over. The new government from day one had to borrow money to bail out states due to no savings by Dumbo. I wonder what would have remained of Nigeria if clueless had continued. Whatever brought that man close to federal power is a lesson for generations.

    • Change indicator

      Yes oooo

    • front man

      It is so obvious, only those who enjoy in his eating the country funds won’t see that Jonathan destroy this country.

      • progressive

        Those who eat from our treasury must surely end up in jail because they stole so much from the masses

    • progressive

      We should be thanking God that we have someone like buhari in power, this same buhari was the one that bail out states that were unable to pay salaries despite that the pdp states were among them still yet they are complaining about this government

    • sab

      Guy why do you talk about the past govt not saving? Please for God’s sake, I want to make it clear I belong to no party but I know it was Rotimi Amaechi led Govs Forum that took Fed Govt to court then saying the 10bUSD ECA must be shared. The money was saved when oil prize was stable. Look we are not kids, why do we tend to forget just yesterday so soon? Let us learn to keep and respect history. Don’t forget tomorrow will always come and it will be sad for us to pretend there was no yesterday or that we don’t know if there was yesterday. Why do we take delight in pretence, why?

  • Factsay

    This man’s mouth wont stop lying

    • dele20

      You are distracting away form the truth,

      The minister is very correct about our economic situation

      Kudos to lai Mohammed

      • Factsay

        U are still in slumber

        • progressive

          You are the one that still leaving in slumber, this is how you pdp have been adding figures to the budget in the past, thank God for the change mantra for leaking all the secret you have been hiding from nigerians

          • Factsay

            Am non-party member.
            So bcoz pdp did, APC followed suit?
            If not for NA that exposed the mess, it wud be biz as usual

    • front man

      It is because you are not ready to listen to the truth.

    • woman leader

      Enemy of progress is who you are.

    • progressive

      Lai mohammed is giving nigerians useful informstion I think you should shut up if you don’t know what to say

  • MC

    Liar Mohamed! Even with abundance of evidence you still insist that the budget was not padded? There was this ludicrous issue of a particular brand of bus quoted by different ministries and institutions to cost 2, 3, 4, 8, 10 etc, 20 million Naira. There were also several duplications as seen in the very revealing report by Premiumtimes recently. Yet this unrepentant liar would with his gibbering whose refrain has always been blaming Jonathan. I wonder what is wrong with accepting and apologizing there were gross discrepancies, paddings and over estimations rather than this continued bravado and grandstanding aimed, as always, to continue deceiving and misleading Buhari. So Liar, why were people connected to preparing the budget fired?

    • ANTI PDP

      Don’t comment on topics you know nothing about.

    • progressive

      Where did you got your own useless propaganda information, this is how you pdp e rats have been going round the media peddling lies around.


    Kudos to Lai Mohammed for enlightening Nigerians more about the budget controversies.

    • SB


    • front man

      May God always be with him. All his. Enemy shall be put to shame.

    • progressive

      Yes oo, nigerians must know about the truth of the budget, because a lot of rumours have been going round about the budget, kudos to lai mohammed for enlightening nigerians about the budget


    Thank God that Buhari came at this te to rescue Nigeria out of pdp 16 years rot.

    • woman leader

      Yes ooo. Thank God we voted for change and voted out criminals before it is too late.

    • progressive

      Buhari is a God sent that is why we are seeing those evil things pdp have been doing in the past, thank God for the change mantra


    More elightment for the morons! Alh. Lai weldone!.

    • SB

      Well said

    • progressive

      You are the moron because you choose to listen to good information, do you think we are still in the era of impunity

      • OMOLOYIN

        I am only complementing Alh. Lai’s work. Look face o before you attack…lol

  • woman leader

    Alhaji lai Muhammad you are honored thank you sir.

    • front man

      He always carried us along in everyting going on…

      • JayGeeX

        You sound like religious urchins…

  • front man

    Alhaji lai Muhammad your enlightenment mean so much to us sir, thank you sir.

    • woman leader

      He is always informing us about the new development at hand always. Kudos sir.

      • okenwa

        President emiratus buhari is a padded president.

        • woman leader

          Get out,yoy don’t have a point.

          • okenwa

            Go and cook for your husband.

    • progressive

      Yes oo, the minister have been so useful by telling nigerians what going on in the country it shows that it a government of transparent

    • sab

      Remember this govt will not remain in power for eternity. Don’t cry if another govt does this. Because I know people like you will be the first to start shouting and criticizing.

      • front man

        Nawa ooo

  • donMe$$i

    If what Mr Lai(e) said is the truth, why are the ‘usual suspects’ we all know so well hiding under FAKE names??

    Even the Auditor General acknowledged THIS SHAMBOLIC BUDGET WAS NOT BASED ON ZERO BUDGETING!


    • woman leader

      Story for babalawo.

    • front man

      People like you will not believe anything about this present administration because you have been brainwashed

    • progressive

      It shows how senseless and stupidility you are, gej budget was it not all about stealing and corruption, they have not been transparent at all, we should give kudos to this government they have been so transparent in their budget, this government have been so sincere with nigerians by giving them the useful information they needed to know.


    If this man Lai had any iota of respect for the intelligence of the average Nigerian,he would not lie so blatantly .

  • Dr. Balogun

    Enough of Lai Muhammed’s ignorance is enough!!

    Lai Muhammed – the Information Minister – is a complete ignoramus. He
    either does not think or cannot think. He borrows phrases he does not
    understand to sound a bit educated when no schooling passed through him.
    He doesn’t know the meaning of zero-based budget but likes the sound of the
    phrase and he uses it out of context here.

    Like a retard that was hard of hearing
    the auditor-general tell the Senate three days ago that no zero-based budget was
    used to prepare this current budget, and like a slow-thinking moron who became
    deaf after hearing the phrase ‘zero-based budget’, Lai Muhammed has kept
    repeating his lies with his odious appearance inflicted on the general public
    whose sins are not beyond voting for APC party to be thought as deserving
    Lai Muhammed’s disgraceful infliction of his illiteracy on the heart of a nation.

    • donMe$$i

      Well said Dr…well said.
      Thank God I ws not the only one who heard the statement from the Auditor General.
      Unfortunately, such BREAKING NEWS is not news worthy for PT.

  • Höly Wähala

    Mr. Lai Mohammed is taking propaganda to the level of crass stupidity. If there were no irregularities with the budget, why then did President Buhari fire the Managing Director of the BO and has promised more sanctions against the civil servants known as, The Budget Mafia? Why did the Ministers for Health, Education, Works & Housing among many others, all denied the budgets for their ministries at the Senate hearing… all saying the figures therein contained were foreign to what they submitted in the original Budget as read by Buhari durig his budget presentation at the NASS? Alhaij Lai should urgently note that the elections are over and Nigerians expect no more “padded news” from this government, objective criticism must be acceptable if the APC Govt. is to get it right, and that includes Lai Mohammed shifting from his Gobbel’s position into that of a respectable Minister for credible Information. This is Bologné… Yeye man!

    • Mrs. T. Olawale


      • Höly Wähala

        What have you said???
        What has his appearance got to do with thematic issue on discourse???
        Well, I don’t believe you as I suspect you have seen pictures of Adams Oshiomonkey, Bola Tinubu, Mr. Ibu (Nollywood actor), to mention but a few… but, address the topic and forget his looks since you are already married and have nothing to worry about being forced to marry Alhj. Lai Mohammed. Lolz!

        • Goddy

          Are you by any stretch of imagination suggesting that Mr. Ibu of Nollywood comedy fame

          is much worse looking than Lai Muhammed? Please elucidate on that in order to be pellucid.

          • xpeiaza2016


            Bola Tinubu is not the ugliest creature on the face of the earth, you hear? Go to Igboland
            and you will see animals in human skin there. I am not saying Bola Tinubu is not ugly, yes;
            he is terribly ugly – without a doubt, but his misshapen mouth does not make him an ogre.

          • Höly Wähala

            No doubt, I even mentioned Mr. Ibu among some ugly creatures she ought to have seen or heard of. That said, comparatively speaking… Igbos have certainly produced more Miss Nigeria winners than any other ethnic group in Nigeria… so, eat your heart out!

          • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

            Lool…that pikin na blind pikin

        • Otile

          You know very well that Sister T Olawale is a truthful person. Don’t defend Mohammed simply because his an influential chieftain in your Islamic APC. There is no way you can compare Jagaban with Ugly Mohammed. Your man can only be compared to Satan, and you know it. You also know that Satan was originally called Lucifer then he was the most beautiful creature in heaven and on earth, but as soon as he committed sin like Mohammed he was tripped of beauty. Today Mohammed is the ugliest creature on earth while Satan is the Ugly-In-Chief in hell. Ogbeni Höly Wähala admit that it is so.

    • donMe$$i

      ‘Padded News’???
      Choi! DiaRiss God oooo!
      Hahahaha…Nice one bro!

  • SAM .A

    Hey Minister this is not the time to tell Nigerians the opposite of this ugly Budget imbroglio , this budget is messed up due to over assumption that the senior cvil servants in Jonathan’s 6 years of locust are still been trusted to produce an honest budget for PMB , the Agent of Change , hyena will never give birth to a lamb. your ministers didn’t supervise the budget before the roll out. Please don’t tell us what we already know , that budget is multi padded. Why was it missing in the senate some days after it was submitted ? Have you ever heard that before since 1966 ? Why did PMB fired the director of Budget and heads are still rolling over there . Please Alhaji Lai Mohammed do not complicate your job , allow PMB to clean up the ministries handing important and sensitive business of government.

    • Ajofia

      Who’s this FILTHY thing? Who’s this WORTHLESS Nigerian bastard? Gay out
      of my presence you YO-ROBASTARD son of an OduduWORM
      Wh0re……..Shameless Home Incest Factory Product from Orangutan tribe
      SouthWASTE ZOO…..PIG

  • Abidilagungun

    Lai Mohamed’s lies are not padded at all, they are based on zero truth multiplication

    • Ahmed Liasu

      Laugh wan kill me ooo. You no go kill person.

  • dpfrank

    Good and timely information about the budget from Lai Mohammed

  • Cleartruth

    Padded news by padded liar. With this chronic liar as minister of information nobody will believe any news from buhari government as true. A budget the presidency has accepted to be padded and as a result has ordered massive sack in budget office is what this lying animal is telling us otherwise. Liar muhammad, shame on you old lying f000l.

    • excel

      You are so pathetic. You couldn’t read the statement and comprehend, but you can post this gullible comment. You are a waste to yourself

      • Cleartruth

        Bring a point that contradicts my assertion and stop ranting like a gullible yoruba e-rat. Your paymaster, liar Muhammed is a pathetic evil liar. He can deceive the gullibles like you not intelligent people like us.

    • okenwa

      Most yorubas in govt are working against president emiratus buhari and they have already confined him to the status of EMIRATUS.

  • Precy1

    Is LIE Mohammad aware that the DG budget office was before the national assembly members earlier this week explaining to them in details how they actually used the envelop system budgeting for the 2016 because the zero budgeting system wasn’t possible within the time frame of delivering the budget?..What does he take people for? dummies or what?..Are those in government thinking people who are outside government don’t have brains? I don’t just get how this people think…I weep for my country……

    • JayGeeX

      Well… He figured that if 14+ million people could have fallen for the lies during their campaigns, there shouldn’t be a problem selling more..

      • excel

        Moron do you think everybody will be so dumb like you? You read just the headline and run to post your dumb comment.

        • sab

          Please Excel, let’s be realistic and abusive unnecessarily. Nobody in life that doesn’t make mistake but it all depends on how you react to such mistakes by way of correcting it to avoid a repeat. This is what makes a man. But when you keep on insisting that you didn’t make a mistake you are exposing yourself the more. Nobody has monopoly of knowledge. This budget issue has to do with accounting which is completely different from information. Many of the ministers, including this same Lai Mohammed denied his ministry’s budget when he appeared before the senate committee to defend it. I, for once know that he could not answer questions on the N329m computers budgeted for one of his ministry’s parastatal. Health and Education ministers and their Perm Secs also could defend their, claiming they were not aware of the figures. How come Lai Mohammed now coming up to tell us a different story? And you are defending him for telling us OPEN LIES. How can you sell more goods and still have less money? Where does that happen? Guy didn’t you hear the big man of the budget office say they used a different method and not what Lai is here telling us? Between Lai and the oga at the budget office who should know better? The oga at the budget office said time was too short for the new method Lai is telling us, hence they used the old method. Didn’t you hear PMB threaten to deal with those who brought this budget shame to the country? Why do you insist on castigating people for saying the obvious? What is so difficult saying they are working hard to correct the mistakes and we move on? Has anybody arrested anybody for the obvious mistakes so far noticed because as a new set of people, new to the difficult terrain of governance, they are bound to experience all these and which will make them better in future?

          • scimitar

            Sensible you are

        • JayGeeX

          I have already given the statistics and profile of the dumb ones. What do you want from me..?

  • Lanre

    This is sad. Lai Mohammed said and I quote “Secondly, if your balance of trade is surplus, in other word, if you export more than you import, then you are going to have less money to settle other countries.” How is this possible? Does Lai Mohammed know the difference between the following concepts:
    Balance of Trade; Balance of Payments; Current Account; Capital Account. How can you export more and have less money to settle other countries? In that case China should not have a Foreign Exchange Reserve of over 3.65 Trillion Dollars while the United States has $117b. Does Lai Mohammed know what the difference is between this figure and Capital account balances? Nigeria is governed by unintelligent leaders and this scenario will not change in the near future.

  • Burning Spear

    The massive looting of Lagos state by the Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently conered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the Action Congress’ states.

    In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds.


    Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.

    Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million.

    The annex of the Lagos State Guest House in Asokoro, Abuja was bought by the State Government in 2006 for N450 million, purportedly to protect the main house from security breach. Shortly after Tinubu left office, the property was transferred to him under the pension plan he signed into law before leaving office.

    The 250-hectare land valued at about N35billion and strategically located at the Ajah junction on Lekki Road was initially meant for a General Hospital for the people of Eti-Osa Local Government but was stolen by Tinubu and handed over to Trojan Estate Ltd – a company owned by Deji and Wale Tinubu – to develop as Royal Garden Housing Estate at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.————-mmmmmm

    • scimitar

      Human repeater station.or you are Deri a derivative of Satan

  • ukoette ibekwe

    I’m surprised and beyond shock that the man ghty one that Nigerians heralded as their messiah has not found it necessary to address the infidels and nonentities under his colony.
    Addressing the country on the state of the country is left in the care of noisemakers as lai Mohamed, who seems to have idea of economic terms. How can the noisemaker say that Nigeria has a trade surplus and yet cannot pay for imports.

  • scimitar

    Oga Lai don’t give these wailers firewood. The budget is a budget of bandits

  • Adele Uhuru

    If Nigeria’s. Federal government can imitate the current Governor of Cross River State we will be way better off case in point “In keeping with his avowed promise and commitment to pay civil servants their monthly salaries promptly, the Cross River governor, Senator Ben Ayade, Friday, paid the February, 2016 salary to workers in the state.
    It would be recalled that in December 2015, salary of the state workers was paid on the 15th of the month, and the January 2016 salary was equally paid on the same date.
    This prompted some civil servants to suggest that the salary should be paid on the 25th of each month as promised by the governor and that the date of 15th was too early.” Tell me if this not a logically progressive organized governorship at its best – This gentleman should be commended for his excellent execution of his duties and obligation to his constituents