The 2017 budget can now be signed into law because BABA said so.

After the futile wait for President Muhammad Buhari to return from his medical trip, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo can now append his signature to the 2017 appropriation bill.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a two-paragraph statement on Monday, said Buhari’s directive was conveyed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, in a letter dated June 10.

“Following the receipt of a full brief on the 2017 Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly, and to buttress the unity at the highest level of government, President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that it is in the interest of the nation’s economy for the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to sign the Appropriation Bill into law.

“In a letter dated June 10, 2017, which he personally signed and addressed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, the President also said he was ‘pleased by the joint resolution that the Executive would submit next year’s budget proposals by October 2017 and the National Assembly will conclude the Appropriation process by December 2017, so that the country can return to a normal fiscal period from next year onwards,” the statement read.

Does this mean every decision on how Nigeria is run must receive the final approval of the ailing president who is resident in the UK?

Is this why Osinbajo has been referred to as coordinator of national affairs?