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Buhari Presidency wants Nigerians to comment on 2016 budget

Shehu said inputs from Nigerians will help the Government properly deliver the change it promised the people.

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, has called on Nigerians to share their views and criticise the 2016 budget recently presented before the National Assembly.

Shehu said inputs from Nigerians will help the Government properly deliver the change it promised the people.

He said “We are not by any stretch of imagination suggesting that the draft budget is beyond comments or reproach. Nor do we wish to dwell on this simply to make a point.

“To do that will drive away good citizens from pointing out needed corrections and, ultimately defeating the change mantra of the administration.”

Adding that “The budget is a Nigerian budget and citizens reserve the right to examine its content  and provide their own perspectives.

“As the draft goes through the approval process, this and many other aspects will continue to generate interest, criticism, commendation and sometimes condemnation in discussions in the parliament, the media and the court of public opinion.”

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“We believe that the process of ‘change’ will be affected by, and stands to gain from these debates especially where there is good faith on all sides.

“Government has no reason whatsoever to mislead the citizens on the budget and on all other matters for whatever reason,” Shehu said.

You will recall that the 2016 budget proposal reportedly went missing from the premises of the National Assembly.

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