President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the late passage of the 2018 Appropriation Bill by the 8th National Assembly.
“What happened in the last senate and so on is regrettable because I still feel it shouldn’t take seven months to pass a budget,” said Buhari.
The president made this known, when he hosted the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and senators-elect to dinner at the presidential villa on Monday.
He appealed for the support of senators-elect, urging them to always put the interest of the country ahead of their personal interest.
Buhari said that the last presidential election was his fifth and last election, adding that he wants “to leave something behind”.
The president however did not state what he would like to leave behind.
“This is my fifth and last time of standing for an election – for that reason I’ll like to leave something behind,” Buhari said.
“And what I want to leave cannot be successfully done without your support. So, what I’m appealing is that any major decision you are going to take please reflect more on the country than yourself as a person – what effect will it have on the country.”
Those in attendance include Adams Oshiohmole, APC national chairman; Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, and other presidential aides.
The governors of Kogi, Jigawa, Oyo, Kaduna, Kebbi, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Plateau, Osun and Lagos were also present.