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2016 Budget Buhari explains why he will not sign document

The chairman House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin said recently, that it is normal for the National Assembly to withhold a budget for days after passage, to work on the details.

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President Buhari presenting the 2016 appropriation bill. play

President Buhari presenting the 2016 appropriation bill.

(The Economy)

Despite the assurances given by the National Assembly about the 2016 budget,  President Buhari has announced that he will not sign the document till he sees the final details.

The chairman House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin said recently, that it is normal for the National Assembly to withhold a budget for days after passage, to work on the details.

The lawmaker also urged Mr. President to go ahead and sign the budget.

Premium Times reports that Buhari, while speaking at a meeting with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said “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.”

He also said “Some bureaucrats removed what we put in the proposal and replaced it with what they wanted.”

Also speaking on insurgency on the North East, the President told Kerry that “Boko Haram no longer holds any local government area. We are reconstructing damaged facilities and preparing the police to take over and reassert civilian control over areas affected by the insurgency.”

Mr. Kerry also praised President Buhari for his efforts at diversifying the Nigerian economy.

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