The Federal Government has berated some members of the National Assembly for their ‘’unruly’’ behaviour during Wednesday’s presentation of the 2019 Budget by President Muhammadu Buhari. At a media briefing in Abuja today, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the “unruly lawmakers threw away parliamentary decorum to behave like ordinary protesters or agitators’’.
He however noted that the unruly action provided the platform for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to assert its majority in the National Assembly. The minister added the ruling lawmakers’ dominance also sends a clear signal to the opposition that they lack the number to override the President’s decision not to accent to the Electoral Bill.
The minister also clarified that the fear being expressed in certain quarters that the non signing of the Electoral Bill would affect the elections, was unfounded. He said the President would always do what is in the interest of Nigerians.
It would be recalled that the President on Wednesday presented a budget of N8.83 trillion for 2019 to a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly. During the presentation, some lawmakers, believed to be those of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party booed the president as he explained the various achievements of his administration.