President Muhammmadu Buhari on Wednesday, June 20, signed the 2018 budget but lamented that lawmakers made cuts amounting to N347 billion in the allocations to 4,700 projects he submitted for consideration.
The president added that the lawmakers also introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion.
He, however, explained that he decided to sign the budget in order not to cause more delay and hoped to present a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to cover up for the projects slashed by the lawmakers.
Nonetheless, the president’s statement has elicited heated reactions from Nigerians on social media with many expressing diverse views about the padded budget.
NAIJ.com collects some of the (Twitter) reactions below:
Abdul-Majid Lawan said President Buhari's speech on the budget is "factual, informative and revealing". He claimed that the National Assembly is "the biggest enemy of our country".
In her own reaction, @kakra68 expressed disappointment in the president for "acting weak with hardened criminals."
Her tweet: "I'm dissapointing in you sir, people voted you to bring divine change not acting weak with hardened criminals."
Ademola Alex Adekunbi supported the National Assembly's alteration of the budget. He tweeted: "You're wrong. The constitution empowers the NA to amend any bill presented to them. They can add or remove as they deem fit. The budget is a bill. Get it?"
Reacting to the budget, @nonnybozz99 lambasted both the presidency and the National Assembly.
"Please sir stop celebrating a failure! You all should be ashamed of signing the bill so late, other countries are discussing about their next 10year,all you do is making announcements, tomorrow some else will pocket the allocated money," he tweeted.
Anifowoshe Titilope lamented that the National Assembly which is supposed to be the voice and true representative of the people is now against the people.
She wrote on Twitter: "Isn’t is ironic how our @nassnigeria who ought to be the voice and true representative of the people are against the people ? ♀️ May God help our nation o"
Ijatuyi Ayoleyi, in his reaction, simply advised the president on the way forward.
His tweet: "Dear Mr President,
"The way forward is to ensure FULL and not partial transparency & accountability in Public Service.
"You may need to partner with @BudgITng/@TrackaNG or any well reputed tech company.
"This is the missing link in the fight against local corruption.
Olawale Abisoye believed that the president has taken the right step by signing the budget and letting Nigerians know what the lawmakers have done to the budget.
"Mr President, you've done what's necessary.
"You've signed the budget and you've let the whole nation know what was in and what has been taken out of it.
"The nation needs to move forward, further delay of 2018 budget isn't healthy for the nation.
"God bless Nigeria!," Abisoye wrote on Twitter.
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Meanwhile, an All Progressives Congress (APC) senator, Shehu Sani, has said President Buhari shouldn't have signed the 2018 Budget.
Sani was also reacting to complaints by the president that the National Assembly made cuts to the budget, which would affect many capital projects.
The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, said the president signing the document was consent.
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