Senate President Bukola Saraki has told the president that his ministers and governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are sponsoring protests against the National Assembly.

Saraki said this during plenary on Tuesday. This follows protests over the alleged "Padding of the 2018 budget" with constituency projects.
 
“For Nigerians being used - people are taking advantage of the poverty in the country and what is saddening about it is that those who are doing this are those who are part of government.  This does not help the unity of the arms of government.

“Mr President needs to investigate this and call to order - there is no secret in this, if you go out there those boys will tell you where they are collecting the money from, the minister giving them the money, the governor that is giving them the money and these are governors, ministers in the same ruling party,” he said.

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Saraki called on those sponsoring the protest should desist, saying “We know who you are, it is not in the interest of the unity of this country.”

He insisted that the constituency projects were conceived to ensure equitable distribution of the country’s resources.

Saraki’s remarks followed a point of order by Senator Barnabas Gemade (APC, Benue) on the protest.

Gemade, while condemning the call for the discontinuation of the constituency projects said the N100 billion allocated translated to less than 1 percent of the federal budget.

Earlier, Isah Misau, senator representing Bauchi central, said those sponsoring protests against the national assembly are people close to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This demonstration you are seeing outside is organised by a serving minister. It is a product of a sitting government,” the senator said.

“A lot of money was to be used on the national assembly to declare that seat vacant. These same people looking for the seat of Mr President are now the good boys around the president. The people that want to bring you down.”

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