- There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari's absence may stall assent of the 2017 budget
- The budget has been passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to the presidency
- The minister of budget and national planning Udoma Udo Udoma is currently studying the budget to ensure there are no discrepancies
On Sunday, May 7, President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for London on a medical trip.
The president while travelling handed over the affairs of the country to his vice Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
But having assumed duty as the acting president of Nigeria, which gives him the right to take all decisions the president would have taken, Osinbajo may not be able to assent the 2017 budget.
This follows a report on The Guardian that the 2017 appropriation act will not be assented in the absence of the president.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the minister of information Lai Mohammed on Wednesday, May 17, said the executive was still expecting the receipt of the budget passed by the National Assembly.
Mohammed said a decision on the budget will be taken on who will sign the document when it is official transmitted to the presidency.
Also, after the Federal Executive Council meeting, Mohammed told State House correspondents that the minister of budget and national planning Udoma Udo Udoma has received an advance copy of the document and is currently studying it.
He said Udoma is expected to dispatch copies of the passed budget to all cabinet members to ensure that there are no discrepancies in figures before the document is signed.
Also speaking on the swearing in of two new ministers Mr. Stephen Ocheni (Kogi state) and Suleiman Zanna Hassan (Gombe state) who were recently screened and confirmed by the Senate, Mohammed said, the swearing in has not been scheduled on Osinbajo's programme.
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He said: ”I can assure you they will be sworn in due course.”
Watch this NAIJ.com video of Nigerians reacting to the possibility of President Buhari handing over to Osinbajo: