President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday failed to keep to the time he had scheduled for the presentation of the 2017 budget to the national assembly.
In a letter to the senate read by Bukola Saraki last Tuesday, the president had said he would present the budget to a joint session of the national assembly at 10 am on Wednesday.
However, the national assembly has now announced that event will now hold at 2pm
Buhari had said that he would use the occasion to speak on his plans to get the economy out of recession. But as of 10am on Wednesday, he was not at the national assembly.
On Monday, he travelled to The Gambia to mediate in the political impasse in the country, and he was expected to return on Tuesday.
TheCable understands that some principal officers of the national assembly were already on the ground waiting for the president.
A senior national assembly official who spoke to TheCable said some principal officers were already at the national assembly as of 8am.
“Really, we wonder what the priority of the president is? This is like a disregard for the legislature,” he said.
A fortnight ago, the federal? executive council (FEC) approved the 2017 budget, which is estimated to be N7.02trn. The 2016 budget is N6.08trn.
Next year’s budget is predicated on an? oil benchmark of $42.5 per barrel.