Moments ago, several news outlets reported that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said a decision is yet to be taken on the person who will sign the 2017 budget into law. The Minister was reported to have made the statement when he was speaking with state house correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. Mohammed had told the correspondents that the national assembly was yet to transmit the budget to the presidency. But when he was asked who will sign the budget when the legislature sends it, he was reported to have said, "That decision will be taken when it is transmitted to the presidency."
Although the Minister, in a statement issued by his special assistant on media and publicity, Segun Adeyemi, on Wednesday, had described such reports as a malicious misrepresentation of what transpired, we should still ask the very important question. Who will sign 2017 Budget into law? President Buhari or Acting President Osinbajo?
Since President Muhammadu Buhari transferred power to his deputy before embarking on an indefinite medical vacation, it is expected that Acting President - Yemi Osinbajo will sign the budget into law. But then, we don't seem to know who is "in charge" these days, maybe the cabals have taken over completely. Come to think of it, if the Acting President has refused (or decided) not to conduct the inauguration of the two Ministers confirmed by the National Assembly, he might as well not sign the budget into law. I wouldn't want to say am sure he won't sign the budget into law because we just can't be sure. He might as weel sign.
The Acting President is constitutionally empowered to sign the budget into law, but is Acting President Osinbajo "Cabalically" empowered to sign the budget into law? We would see...
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Posted 4:35pm, Thu 22nd December, 2016 by samuel onyike