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Comport Yourselves, The World Is Watching - Buhari Cautions Lawmakers As They Booed Him During 2019 Budget Presentation


The presentation of 2019 budget today in the joint National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari was marred by the aggrieved opposition party lawmaker's protest and booing of Mr. President. The President presented a N8.83 Trillion 2019 budget today being the 19th of December 2018.

The President however cautioned the lawmakers in the joint session of the National Assembly to comport themselves as they are on television and being watched across the world. Buhari who is currently at the Assembly presenting the 2019 Budget was being heckled by some lawmakers believed to be members of the opposition party, PDP.

While some lawmakers stood up to give the President a clap, some others heckled him shouting, ‘Lies, propaganda’. One of them called Buhari, ‘grass cutter’ in reference to the scandal which the last Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, was enmeshed.

Buhari had also claimed that every state was being touched by the Federal Government in the area of road construction.

Editor's Note:

I think is time for Buhari to at least resign honorably. If he is a father and a grandfather even, as claimed, he should know that Nigeria has been in backward slope since he took over the mantle of leadership. Why not just step aside for other capable handles to rule. Must politics in Nigeria be a do or die affair? 

Just today alone, the NBS reported that Nigeria has lost 29.9m jobs in just 3 years of Buhari's raign. On another vain, Smile, Swift and 9mobile are going to be disconnected in 10 days time because they are unable to pay for the facilities they are using. This is another thousands of jobs about to be lost. This is outrageous. 

I don't know what your think about this but I sincerely think every person in this country have a cause to protest the resignation of Buhari. 


APC have however stated that PDP lawmakers’ action today was irresponsible.
We condemn in strong terms the action by lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the presentation of the 2019 National Budget by President Mohammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
The PDP should be aware that the disgraceful conduct and actions of its legislative caucus has succeeded in eroding the remnant of the public’s respect, (if any) that the Party has in the eyes of any respectable Nigerian. The PDP has further confirmed its unsavoury image in the eyes of well meaning Nigerians, that the party is largely populated by self-serving and unpatriotic members, whose sole aim in politics is to promote their self interests at the expense of the country’s interests.
By law, respect for the office of the president or head of government in any clime is not a matter of choice but a civic obligation sanctioned by laws. Being an opposition party or critic is no licence for such wayward conduct by the PDP legislative caucus; most especially against the president of the country.
Not even the admonition of President to the PDP lawmakers that “You are on international TV, comport yourselves. The world is watching us; we should be above this,” failed to calm the unruly PDP elements.
Nigerians are not oblivious of the actions and inactions of the National Assembly presiding officers, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara while the President was being heckled by the PDP legislative caucus. Their failure to rein in their unruly PDP colleagues, while their show of shame lasted clearly confirmed that the PDP members’ action was premeditated and orchestrated to embarrass the President.
When the APC was in opposition, Nigerians will recall statements by the PDP government that the immediate-past President Goodluck Jonathan did not personally present the national budget to the National Assembly based on fears that he will be heckled and embarrassed by the opposition federal lawmakers at the time. The fears turned out to be misplaced as that never happened when Jonathan eventually presented the national budget. Such shameful and undignified practice has no place in our progressive ideology.
The PDP lawmakers and their conniving leaders have a lot of questions to answer. First, we wonder why they cannot stomach the evident and verifiable achievements of the APC-led Government in the areas of power, rail and road infrastructure, social intervention programmes as contained in the proposed budget.
The APC commends President Muhammadu Buhari for remaining calm and focused during the budget presentation despite the provocation from PDP lawmakers, an act of statesmanship that has been acknowledged by Nigerians. We are equally proud of the APC lawmakers, who stood firm in defence of the President and our great party during the budget presentation.
We call on the National Assembly to rise above political and selfish interests by putting the country first in its consideration of the proposed N8.83 trillion 2019 national budget. The proposed budget provides a realistic and implementable framework that will spur the administration’s effort to achieve a a prosperous, strong and stable Nigeria.
SIGNED
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu
National Publicity Secretary

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