The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday has said President Muhammadu Buhari should be blamed and not the leadership of the National Assembly for the delay in the passage of the 2019 budgets.
Buhari, who had on Monday signed the 2019 budget into law, had later at night passed a vote of no confidence on Dogara and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Buhari had blamed the delay in signing 2019 budget on the leadership of the National Assembly.
However, Dogara said since President Buhari assumed office, he, “has been unable to present budget on time.”
In a statement he signed, Dogara said: “His first budget was the 2016 budget, which was submitted on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the fiscal year.
“The minimum time the National Assembly requires to pass budget is three months. But he presented it just nine days to 2016’ and that ‘what Nigerians didn’t know and the President won’t say is that the Executive through the various ministries continued to propose additional projects to be included in the 2018 budget even as at April and May which further delayed the passage of the 2018 budget. These were communicated officially and if anyone is in doubt, the letters are there with the dates they were written and received. But here’s Buhari blaming the National Assembly.’
“President Muhammadu Buhari a few days ago, in his usual characteristics of self-righteousness, and buck-passing blamed tardiness in the passage of budgets by the National Assembly for the delay in the completion of projects across the country by his government.
“To be precise, the president said, ‘If the National Assembly takes seven months to pass a budget, then we should be commended for the much that we have achieved, and can still achieve. I personally feel very disappointed. I spoke with the leaders of the National Assembly on the issue that seven months is a long time to work on a budget.”
“Even though buck passing and blame game is not new to Buhari as it is now his stock in trade; in the past few days and weeks, there is no day that passes without the President blaming others in a desperate move to exonerate himself from any blame or failure of the Executive under his leadership to execute projects across the country.
“In fact, very recently, Buhari blamed all his predecessors for failing to build infrastructure. And I wonder why? It was the general consensus that the former employees didn’t perform as expected and that was why Nigerians hired him for a job he has sought for four conservative time but here he is blaming the same people he replaced. If you are the boss of ” Nigeria limited”, what will you do this employee?
“Some weeks ago, he even blamed the media for failing to showcase his achievements.
“I’m very disappointed with the Nigerian press. They didn’t give this government the credit of the go back to land programme,” he said on 26 October. Time and space would not permit me to list all his “blaming”.
“However, it is disingenuous for President Muhammad Buhari to blame the National Assembly for his government’s inability to implement budget and execute projects that affect the lives of Nigerians in the last three years.
“To set the record straight, this is a President who, from inception of his government didn’t show any sign that he was well prepared and ready for the job he sought for four times in 16 years and for which we voted for him.
“For instance, it took him six months, yes six months not six weeks to form his cabinet. It also took him two years to appoint board chairmen for most government agencies. This is was his greatest undoing and was principally responsible for plunging Nigeria into recession because activities in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government were brought to a half for the period since civil servants could not take decisions due to absence of political heads in a country where public sector spending drives the economy. At a point, he even said he was happy working with civil servants because ministers or politicians were noisemakers because “they are only there to make a lot of noises”, he told a French television station in September 2015.
“Now, after three years, with election in three months, the President is at it again, exonerating himself from apparent failure of his government thereby throwing the blame right at the doorstep of the legislature. But facts don’t lie and they could be stubborn and here are the facts:
“Late budget presentation
“Since his assuming office, the president has been unable to present budget on time. His first budget was the 2016 budget which was submitted on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the fiscal year.
“The minimum the National Assembly requires to pass budget is three months. But he presented it just nine days to 2016.
“Again, the 2017 budget was presented on December 14,2016, just 17 days to the end of 2016. ‘The earliest he presented budget was on November 7, 2017 which was the 2018 appropriations bill. It was less than two months to the end of the year.
“However, his ministers refused to appear before National Assembly committees to defend the budget for five months thereby delaying the passage.
“It was after the leadership of the National Assembly sought the President’s intervention on March 16, 2018 that the ministers reluctantly appeared before the committees, an exercise that takes at least one month to complete.
“In fact , some of them who felt they were super ministers sent in their permanent secretaries.
“What Nigerians didn’t know and the President won’t say is that the Executive through the various ministries continued to propose additional projects to be included in the 2018 budget even as at April and May which further delayed the passage of the 2018 budget. These were communicated officially and if anyone is in doubt the letters are there with the dates they were written and received. But here’s Buhari blaming the National Assembly.
“Violation of Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 ‘Since the inception of the Buhari administration, it has been in constant violation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act which stipulates that budgets should be presented in early September. The wisdom or import of the FRA is that the National Assembly will have at least three full months to work on the budget bill.
“Intact, the Executive admitted its failure and inability to abide by the law on August 24,2018 when former minister of Budget and National Planning, now minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed disclosed that the Federal government will present the 2019 budget in September in a bid to restore the budget circle from January to December but here we are in November without the budget estimates before the lawmakers.
“Buhari’s Failure/Refusal to assent to budget submission Bill ‘In a bid to address the issue of late budget presentation and passage, the National Assembly passed a constitutional amendment bill that requires the President to submit the Appropriation Bill not later than 90 days to the end of the financial year but unfortunately, very unfortunately, the president has vetoed the bill.
Trump: Forget About My Corruption Investigation, Let’s Talk About Obama’s Netflix Deal
The Obamas’ deal with Netflix—a big bag secured last year— this deal with netflix trended on Twitter Monday morning after Donald Trump used it to deflect accusations from himself, that he was using the presidency to enrich himself and increase his family’s fortunes.
Trump has drawn fresh scrutiny of recent, due in part to a federal lawsuit, about whether and how his businesses have benefited from his being in the white house, particularly as foreign governments and federal officials seem to make a point of supporting his hotel and resort businesses.
On Monday, Trump lashed out at Democrats eager to investigate him over these potentially unconstitutional dealings and suggested Obamas’ book and production deals be investigated instead and he should be left alone as he sees himself a saint in all this.
They failed on the Mueller Report, they failed on Robert Mueller’s testimony, they failed on everything else, so now the Democrats are trying to build a case that I enrich myself by being President. Good idea, except I will, and have always expected to, lose BILLIONS of DOLLARS……for the privilege of being your President – and doing the best job that has been done in many decades. I am far beyond somebody paying for a hotel room for the evening, or filling up a gas tank at an airport I do not own. These Radical Left Democrats are CRAZY! Obama Netflix?
They failed on the Mueller Report, they failed on Robert Mueller’s testimony, they failed on everything else, so now the Democrats are trying to build a case that I enrich myself by being President. Good idea, except I will, and have always expected to, lose BILLIONS of DOLLARS..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
….for the privilege of being your President – and doing the best job that has been done in many decades. I am far beyond somebody paying for a hotel room for the evening, or filling up a gas tank at an airport I do not own. These Radical Left Democrats are CRAZY! Obama Netflix?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
BuhariCabinet : Quick Biography Of All 43 New Ministers + Their Portfolios
Here is a brief biography of all general buharis 43 New Ministers + Their Portfolios
1. Dr. Okechukwu Ogah (Abia) – Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development
A Consultant Physician/Cardiologist ( Special Grade) University College Hospital, Ibadan. he served as Commissioner/ Chief Executive officer, Ministry of Health and member of Abia State Executive Council (August 2010- May 2015)
2. Muhammadu Musa Bello (Adamawa) – Minister of the Federal Capital Territory
Born in 1959, Adamawa state. He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where he obtained a B.Sc. in Management with a major in Banking and Finance in 1980 as well as an MBA in the same field.
3. Sen. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) – Minister Of Niger Delta
A former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate’s Minority Leader. He was also Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015.
4. Chris Ngige (Anambra) – Minister of Labour and Employment
Born in August 1952, was governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from 29 May 2003 to 17 March 2006 (PDP). He is currently a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) He was elected Senator for Anambra Central Constituency in April 2011 .
5. Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra) Minister of State Environment
Was born into the family of Chief Chimezie Ikeazor, SAN, of Obosi, Anambra State, the founder of the Legal Aid for the Poor Scheme in Nigeria. She graduated with an LLB Hons in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.
6. Adamu Adamu (Bauchi) – Minister of Education
A Nigerian accountant, writer, former journalist and a Former Minister of Education. He was appointed minister by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 2015 and that was his first ever presidential appointment.
7. Mrs Mariam Yalwaji Katagum (Bauchi) – Industry, Trade and Investment
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO
She holds a Masters in Administration and Planning from the University of Lagos, (B.A.) in English, Graduate Certificate in Education at the Ahmadu Bello University.
8. Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa) – Minister of State, Petroleum under the President
Former Governor of Bayelsa State and He was a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly in the 1990s
9. Sen. George Akume (Benue) – Special Duties
He was the Minority Leader of the Senate from June 2011 to June 2015. He was also the Governor of Benue State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno) – Minister of State, Agric and Rural DevelopmentFormer
Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing. Born July 4th , 1961. He graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Anthropology.
11. Goddy Jedy-Agba (Cross River) – Minister Of State, Power
A farmer, Bureaucrat and has a Degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria in 1983. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Akoka in 1989.
12. Festus Keyamo (SAN) – Minister Of State, Niger Delta
Born in January 1970, A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, columnist and human rights activist, he received a Bachelor of Law degree in 1992 from Ambrose Alli University at Ekpoma, Edo State and was called to the Nigerian Bar on December 1993.
13. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) – Minister of Science and Technology
Former Minister of Science and Tech. He graduated with a first class degree in Chemical Engineering in 1976 (UNILAG), and obtained a PhD in Chemical engineering in 1980 from University of California, Berkeley.
14. Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo) – Minister Of Health
Former Minister for state Health.
Studied Medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany qualifying as a physician and went to Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where he obtained postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthetics.
15. Clement Ik Anade Agba (Edo) – Budget And National Planning
Former Commissioner for Environment and Public Utility, Edo and also briefly served as Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Housing.
16. Otunba Richard Adebayo (Ekiti) – Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
First Executive Governor of Ekiti State from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2003. He attended University of Lagos where he studied Law and obtained (LL.B Hons)
17. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu) – Minister Of Foreign Affairs
Former Foreign Affairs Minister. Holds a (B.A) degree in Political Science, Columbia University, New York (1977), (B.A) degree in Law from St John’s College, Cambridge (1980). Masters of Law (LL.M), London School of Economics
18. Dr. Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami (Gombe) – Minister Of Communications
Studied Computer Science at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, Nigeria, gaining a BTech in 2003 Session and an MSc in 2008, before obtaining a PhD from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
19. Emeka Nwajuba (Imo) – Minister Of State, Education
He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1989, pursued his LLM at University of Lagos and PhD at University of Jos. He had served as House of Representatives committee chairman on Land, Housing and works from 1999 to 2003
20. Eng. Suleiman H Adamu (Jigawa) – Minister Of Water Resources
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Former Minister for eater resources and he has a B. Eng. (Hons.) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1984· M. Sc. (Project Management) Univ. of Reading, UK, 2004.
21. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Kaduna) – Minister Of Finance
Former Minister of State for Budget and National Planning… BSc Accounting (1981) Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria; IJMB ‘A’ Levels (1979) from SBS/ABU Zaria; and WASC ‘O’ Level in 1977 from Queen Amina College, Kaduna.
22. Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna) – Minister Of Environment
Former Chairman, Universal Basic Education Commission.
23. Sabo Nanono (Kano) – Minister of Agriculture and Development
Mr. Nanono, who was a former chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, in Kano… Ahmadu Bello University [ABU], Zaria… B.Sc [Business Administration – 1972. University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
24. Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano State) -Minister of Defence
Maj. Gen. (RTD) Bashir Magashi (Kano) is a lawyer and a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. He holds a national award of CFR. appointed Governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria from August 1990 to January 1992 during military era
25. Sen. Hadi Sirika (Katsina) – Minister Of Aviation
Former Minister of Aviation, former pilot, Former General Manager Katsina State Transport Authority, Former Member House of Representative, and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
26. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi) – Minister Of Justice
lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He is Nigeria’s immediate past Minister for Justice and Attorney-General. He graduated from Usmanu Danfodiyo University where he studied Law and was called to the bar in 1992.
27. Rahmatu Tijani (Kogi) – FCT, State
Graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with a degree in Urban & Regional Planning. She also has an M.PA in Public Administration from Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
28. Lai Mohammed (Kwara) – Information and Culture
He earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Obafemi Awolowo University, in the year 1975. He proceeded to obtain a Law degree from the University of Lagos, and then Nigerian Law School.
29. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) – Minister of State Transportation
Attended the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She is the female legislator with the highest number of sponsored bills in Nigeria.
30. Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos) – Minister of Works and Housing
A senior Advocate of Nigeria, Fmr. Governor of Lagos and Fmr. Minister of Power, Works and Housing. He studied Law at the University of Benin from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B.(Hon), degree in 1987.
31. Sen. Adeleke O. Mamora (Lagos) – Minister of State, Health
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He obtained a B.Sc, Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) University of Ife, Ile-Ife and became a Health Practitioner. Senator for the Lagos East constituency (2007).
32. Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa) – Minister of State, Science and Technology
Former Secretary to the State Government, Nasarawa State. Fmr. Attorney General & Commissiomer for Justice Nasarawa.
Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto –
LLB/BL (1990), Nigerian Bar Association 1991.
33. Ambassador Zubairu Dada (Niger) – Minister of State, Foreign Affairs
He is a diplomat and also an Ambassador, Embassy of Nigeria, Warsaw Poland, since 1999….
34. Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun) – Minsters of Mines and Steel development
Former Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Ogun State.
35. Sen. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo) – Minister Of State, Labour
Obtained the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) of England Certificate as well as that of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria(ICAN) All in 1974
36. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) – Minister Of Interior
Former Governor of Osun state, Fmr. Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure
37. Sunday Dare (Oyo) – Minister of Youths and Sports
Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University in 1991. He then proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the University of Jos.
38. Pauline Tallen (Plateau) – Minister Of Women Affairs
Former Deputy Governor Plateau state, she was appointed Minister of State for science and technology (2007) and She got a degree in sociology at the University of Jos in 1982
39. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) – Minister of Transportation
Former Governor Rivers State, Fmr. Minister of Transport. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in English Studies and Literature from the University of Port Harcourt in 1987
40. Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi (Sokoto) – Minister of Police Affairs
Former Chairman Chairman, NCCE Governing Board
41. Eng Saleh Mamman (Taraba) – Minister Of Power
Mamman Kwagyang Saleh currently works at the Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Ahmadu Bello University. Mamman does research in Agricultural Plant Science, Food Science and Animal Science.
42. Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe) – Minister of State for Housing
Served as Deputy Governor of the state for the past 10 years, making him the longest serving deputy governor in Nigeria’s political history.
43. Sa’adiya Umar Faruq (Zamfara) – Minister of Humanitarian Affairs
Federal Commissioner of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons. She has a Bsc. in Business Administration (Actuarial Science), Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy in 2008.
I see chaos and Nigeria can even disintegrate very soon – Sheikh Gunmi
Sheikh Gunmi had this to say about a premonition he has about Nigerian co-existence he is quoted below by viralmula.com
“I see chaos and probably Nigeria can even disintegrate. And disintegration will be bad for Nigeria.
“If there’s disintegration of Nigeria, Southwest will be relatively stable, South East will be stable, but the North will be volatile.
“How can we contain Boko Haram in the North East? No way. How can we contain the problem of the herdsmen in the North? We cannot contain them.
“In fact, the little weight the Southwest and Southeast are adding to fight them is what is suppressing them but if the South West and Southeast leave us with them, we will just eat ourselves and you have a very volatile North and I do not think we will have peace there because the borders are not barb wired and there are so many inter marriages”
Nobody is in control of the North now. No northern politician has the clout to embrace everybody in the North. Everybody in the North is with his clique and that is a very dangerous situation for the country. If Nigeria disintegrate, the North will suffer for it
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