Ita Enang - Only Buhari Can Sign Budget 2017, Not Osinbajo
What started as a call for clarification has turned into a controversy. Can we smell disrespect or is this due process?
The question of who signs the 2017 budget is still generating different answers from several government spokespersons.
Just hours after the media aide of Acting President, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that Osinbajo will sign the budget if he is satisfied with the content; the senior special adviser to President Buhari on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang has told the world that it is his principal, President Buhari that MUST sign the 2017 budget.
Earlier on Wednesday, the minister of information, Lai Muhammed said a decision is yet to be made on who signs the document.
“Just so we are clear: when the time comes, everything is set, and he is satisfied, Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo will assent to the 2017 Budget,” Osinbajo’s aide, Laolu Akande tweeted on Wednesday night.
But in an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday, Enang stated that the budget would be transmitted to President Buhari who will sign it and then transfer it to coordinator of the nation, Yemi Osinbajo.
He also confirmed that the Presidency received the budget on Wednesday afternoon.
"The 2017 budget will be transmitted to Mr president and the President will assent to the budget.
"The acting President is in office and when the budget is transmitted, it will go through the processes and all those other questions will answer itself," he said.