The 2016 budget row has lingered between presidency and the national assembly due to a number of factors, chief is President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to withhold his assent. The president said he would not sign the document sent to him by the national assembly until he receives the detail, which he also intends to scrutinize with a fine-tooth comb.
A report says the national assembly is deliberately filibustering on forwarding the details of the budget to the president due likely to a proxy war. The war, not unconnected with appropriation for the national assembly, allegedly aims at bending the executive to ensure a win-win for both levels of government.
The refusal of the two appropriation committee heads of the senate and house of representatives, Dajuma Goje and Abdulmumin Jubrin have strained relationship with their colleagues. The concerned lawmakers are reportedly angered that they had also been kept in the dark about the budget as the president. They had urged that the senate president and federal house speaker Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara respectively intervene and compel the release of the budget details. In its report, TheNation alluded to a concern by an unnamed principal officer over the secrecy the budget details are shrouded in. “How can I be a Principal Officer without access to the details of the budget? Some of us are being reduced to passengers in the administration of the National Assembly”, the said officer stated. Another principal officer, again unnamed, reportedly said “they were being treated kids by the Appropriation Committees of the two chambers”, the report stated.