Buhari Booed By Lawmakers As He Presents 2019 Budget
As APC, PDP lawmakers exchange blows
President Muhammadu Buhari was booed and jeered by Lawmakers on Wednesday while addressing the joint session of the National Assembly during the 2019 Budget presentation.
The booing intensified as he listed the achievements of his administration.
The president was intermittently interrupted severally by protesting lawmakers who screamed “NO!”
Trouble started when some lawmakers brought out placards and other lawmakers tore them, though they were eventually calmed.
The development forced the All Progressives Congress [APC] lawmakers to clash as the opposition lawmakers booed the President.
When he said, “We have weathered the storms and made progress on every front,” They screamed, “Nooooo! Boooo!”
When he said, “The economy has recovered well,” the lawmakers screamed again.
A frustrated Buhari, at some point, cautioned the lawmakers to comport themselves as they are on television and being watched across the world.
The protesters however continued the booing especially when Buhari said his administration had made serious progress in its anti-corruption campaign.
Some lawmakers shouted him down, saying, “propaganda, which corruption are you fighting”? “Grass cutter”.
One of them called Buhari, ‘grass cutter’ in reference to the scandal which the last Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, was enmeshed.
While some lawmakers stood up to clap for Mr. President, some others tried to shout him down with, “Lies, propaganda”.
Before and after the presentation, the environment was marked by chaos, unruliness and a free for all
Several lawmakers in the House chamber are chorusing a protest song, ‘Freedom comes by struggle, by struggle; freedom come.’
Two members of the House, Mr Bashir Babale and Duoye Diri, had physical exchange while Senators Samuel Ayanwu and Godwill Akpabio engaged in a hot dispute.
The protesters continued with the song as President Buhari stepped into the chamber, while APC lawmakers hailed ‘Sai Baba!’
The National Anthem stopped both sides temporarily which enabled the president to begin his presentation.
After the presentation, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara could not make his input as the chaos resumed in full.
Again the National Anthem saved the day as the event was brought to an abrupt end.