Presidency bombs Dino Melaye

The Presidency on Thursday responded to a statement credited to Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, lambasting President Muhammadu Buhari over the 2018 budget controversy.

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Recall that Melaye had urged President Buhari to stop playing to the gallery over the 2018 budget.

The lawmaker was quoted saying, “I noticed that PMB is trying to whip up sentiments against the National Assembly again by alleging that the 2018 budget was padded.

“What the President is authorised to do constitutionally is to present the National Assembly with a bill. A bill is a work in progress and not the finished work.

“The National Assembly is not just expected to rubber stamp whatever bill the President presents. If this was the norm then there would have been no need for the Constitution to direct that the Bill be submitted to the N/A in the first place.”

Reacting, Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie on her Twitter page said Dino Melaye should not tarnish the image of the NASS further.

“A National Assembly with Sen Melaye who is standing trial for criminal offences and who commutes between a Court and the House of Senate, does not need more help to further smear it,” Onochie tweeted.



  1. What Melaye said is improper and should have been replied with facts. Melaye and his colleagues knew that PMB signed the budget at the last day. They have dug different budget pits for the president who had to accept the lesser pit to fall into by signing the budget, with the one-sided adjustments, on the last day. God will surely judge these politicians, particularly those in the NAS for playing politics with our stakes.

  2. Hmmmmmmm, I heard 78million was budgeted for President haircut. Is this true? And why isn’t anyone saying anything about that? Yet minimum wage can’t be approved till date or is that also being delayed by the National Assembly?
    There is no way that a bill will be presented without there being an adjustment

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