Following the outrage which had trailed the billions of Naira allocated to the Presidency in the 2016 Budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered for a downward review of the budget.
It was gathered on Tuesday that the president was uncomfortable with the bashing he was receiving over the billions allocated to his office, his vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, as well as Aso Rock as a whole.
Details provided by Nigeria’s budget office shows that the presidency got N19billion.
Despite denials by presidential aides, it was reliably gathered that Pres. Buhari has ordered that the allocation to the presidency be reduced.
Reacting, the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Presidency, Garba Shehu had on Monday admitted that some figures in the budget were new.
Some of these figures being quoted are strange to us.
According to him, the Ministry of Budget and Planning have been instructed to look into the figures.
He also advised the media to exercise patience until the federal legislature gets the details of the budget.
When the National Assembly returns from recess, the lawmakers will be given the full estimates of the budget, including what is voted for each department, ministries and agencies. What is voted for the State House will also be included.
The president became alarmed when his attention was called to the fact that the figures were higher to that of his predecessor, whom he criticised. He also demanded explanation on some of the allocations in view of the economic crisis.
Expect a reduced figure. I can’t speculate by how much, but things not really necessary will either be slashed or outrightly expunged.
A government source confided in Lagos on Tuesday.