President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Washington DC that he will critically review the 2016 Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly before assenting to it.
Speaking at a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, President Buhari said that in view of the controversial alteration and padding of the budget proposals, he needed to review the appropriation bill to be certain that its contents tallied with the authentic budget proposal presented to the National Assembly.
“Some bureaucrats removed what we put in the proposal and replaced it with what they wanted. I have to look at the bill that has been passed by the National Assembly, ministry by ministry, to be sure that what has been brought back for me to sign is in line with our original submission,” the president said.
President Buhari has refused to sign the 2016 budget more than week after the proposal was passed by the National Assembly.
The presidency said the decision followed the failure of the National Assembly to send specific details of the budget to the president.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives claimed it was still working on the budget alongside the Senate, despite its passage, saying it was not unusual for a president to sign the budget without seeing the details.