The Presidency has distanced itself from the ongoing drama occassioned by the disappearance of 2016 budget documents from the National Assembly.
Worried by the barrage of questions posed by the online community of Nigerians, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Sheu via his Twitter handle @GarShehu on Tuesday defended the Presidency.
According to Sheu, the Presidency and indeed, President Muhammadu Buhari has not withdrawn the budget as being alleged and spread in some quarters of the socia media.
”Enquiries about the budget: Nobody except the President can withdraw the budget. As far as we know, he hasn’t done that.
“The copies in their hundreds have been delivered to both chambers of the National Assembly.
“By tradition, once the budget is submitted, it ceases to be our property.
“Enquiries as to where it is should be directed to the appropriate quarters,” he said.
Nigerians received one of the most shocking news of the year, when the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume announced that the 2016 budget documents are no longer with the National Assembly during a closed door session that lasted about 90 minutes.
The Nigerian Senate was scheduled to commence deliberation on the N6.08 trillion proposed budget today, but the disappearance of the budget means deliberations will be unable to hold until fresh copies of the document are made available by the Presidency or the Ministry of National Planning.
The Chairman, Senate Committee of Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, was given the mandate to lead a search for the documents as well as to liaise with the Presidency, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, and the National Planning Ministry on the whereabouts of the budget.