2019 budget: Buhari rates NASS low

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday rated the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, very low.

Buhari gave the rating in an interview aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Monday night in Abuja.
“I told Saraki and Dogara that by holding the budget for 7 months, you’re not hurting me, you’re hurting Nigerians?
“In terms of patriotism, I rate them very very low,” the president said.
The president said the national assembly, led by Saraki and Dogara held Nigeria to ransom for seven months without passing the budget.
He also went ahead to state that the national assembly wanted to show they were the government and not the executive, and he made his displeasure known about their conduct.

When asked to make a comment on the delayed budget passage, the President said: “I think a culture was developed in the National Assembly that they should dictate the terms, which was wrong.

“It is the executive that dictates the terms and takes it before the legislature. It (the legislature) will examine it and agree or disagree with it.

“But when they go around posing that they are the government and not the executive, then that’s the problem.

“I felt and I spoke personally to the Senate President, Saraki, and the leader of the House, Dogara. They could not deny it.”

The president and the leadership of the national assembly have had a long run of disagreement on many issues bothering on national development.

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