The National Assembly witnessed an unexpected drama as President Muhammadu Buhari was booed by some aggrieved lawmakers during today’s budget presentation to the lawmakers.
The arrival of President @MBuhari at the National Assembly amidst cheers of “Sai Baba, Sai Baba” from the lawmakers. Currently, presenting the #Budget2019, the #NextLevelBudget. He opens the presentation with listing some of the major infrastructure projects across the country. pic.twitter.com/7E8niYJjR8
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 19, 2018
Naija News however learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier chided some lawmakers for interrupting his presentation to the joint assembly of the lawmakers.From point of entering the chambers, some lawmakers were seen chanting anti-Buhari songs while some hailed him.
When last was a Nigerian President booed at NASS?
— Ohimai Godwin Amaize (@MrFixNigeria) December 19, 2018
Naija News learnt that the lawmakers, believed to be those of the Peoples Democratic Party, were seen booing the presidency as he explained the various achievements in the country. They chorused ‘No!’ at each mention of an achievement.
miffed by the continuous booing, the All Progressives Congress lawmakers attacked their counterparts in the PDP, leading to exchange of blows while the president went ahead with his budget proposal.
Trouble started after some APC lawmakers seized the placards which some of their PDP colleagues planned to use in protesting against the president.
On some unruly chants by some members of the NASS, President Buhari notes: May I remind members of the National Assembly that the world is watching us. We are supposed to be above this. #NextLevelBudget
— Johannes Tobi W. (@Johannxs) December 19, 2018
When President Buhari said, “We have weathered the storms and made progress on every front,” and that “The economy has recovered well,” the PDP lawmakers thundered, “Nooooo! and Boooo!”
Buhari, during the proposal said, “We thank the Armed Forces and Security Agencies for their efforts and sacrifices in protecting the nation. We have also made many efforts to enhance transparency and accountability in public service delivery.”
“Inflation has declined from 18.2% in January to 11.28% in November. Foreign Capital Influence has also improved.”
“Trading is a significant contributor to our country’s economy. But we must strengthen other areas such as Information Technology and Entertainment; all hands must be on deck to ensure the country succeeds.”
some lawmakers were also seen shouting no as the president rolls out the plan for the federal government for the 2019 fiscal year
Today, Nigerians have delivered their verdict against incompetence, arrogance, hunger, starvation and insecurity!
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) December 19, 2018