After weeks of accusations and counter-accusations over the alleged alterations made in the 2016 budget, the presidency for first time on Monday spoke on the war of attrition in the House of Representatives and exonerated itself from the budget scandal rocking the lower legislative chamber.
The presidency also more or less took sides with the Speaker of the House, Hon. Dogara and others who were accused of altering the budget, when it towed the path of the speaker by stating that there was no word like “padding” in the legislative lexicon.
It said the 2016 budget currently in use was the one originally passed by the lawmakers and there was nothing like “padding” in it. – Presidential Adviser: Budget ‘Padding’ Not in Legislative Lexicon
Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, had declared that s a lawyer and old hand in the legislative affairs, padding was not an offence under the law.
The Feuding Lips of President Buhari’s Government – By Pius Adesanmi.
For now, I see only one urgent task for the President’s new WAI Brigade: frog march President Buhari and his team to the Eagle Square and flog all of them publicly.
You went to Mecca last year acknowledging padding and pillaging of the budget. You even promised that folks would be punished when you returned.
You returned and shuffled the civil servants who padded the budget within the system and called that punishment.
Feeling insulted that mere civil servants who inserted a few hundred millions here and there into the budget were beating their chests, thinking they’d done something worthy of mention, NASS members moved in, claiming padding seniority over the civil servants and raising the bar to billions.
In all this and in the middle of your anti-corruption war, you allowed Dogara to strut in and out of the Villa like a peacock and to scoff at the nation in an arrogant media chat. Then comes the pambambari of it all: your Presidency, through woolly-headed spokespersons, now says there was no padding. Different competitions will not miss more than one user, so by taking part you lift up your popularity on the website. This will help in the future when meeting with women, which will contribute to good communication with a lady. Free Cam Chat Communicate when and where it suits you, our website works round the clock and supports the mobile version of the site.
No budget padding?
President Buhari, the upper lip of your government is quarreling with the lower lip of your government. The upper lip says there was padding and promised to deal with the padders. The lower lip says there has been no padding.
Only your WAI Brigade can help by flogging sense into both lips of your government.
Dogara: “What is padding? You haven’t told me. Ask Jibrin what is padding? For me, I studied law and I have been in the legislature and all this period I have never heard of the word “padding” being an offence under any law. If I don’t know, you are the media, research the law and let me know”