Prominent lawyer, Mr Femi Falana has urged Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo to abstain from signing the 2017 national budget because it had been illegally inflated by the national assembly.
Falana, who spoke from Kwara, pointed out that the national assembly had no constitutional power to inflate the budget presented by president Buhari, adding that legislators committed a constitutional blunder by increasing their share of the budget. He argued that since Buhari wrote a letter to the National assembly informing them of his vacation, all presidential powers had been moved to Osinbajo, who is now acting president.
In his words;
“The President is not competent to sign any bill into law while he is on vacation. The constitution did not envisage that a President who is on a vacation and an acting president, who is standing proxy for him will be exercising presidential powers simultaneously.”
“To that extent, pending the resumption of duties by President Buhari, the Acting President, Prof. Osinbajo, is competent to sign all bills validly passed by the NASS.If President Buhari did not exercise powers during his vacation even though he was in the country, why would he want to do so while he is on medical vacation abroad?”
“Instead of dissipating energy over the competence of an appropriation bill signed into law by the Acting President, Nigerians should subject the 2017 budget to scrutiny.We are therefore calling on the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is a professor of law not to endorse and sign the illegal appropriation bill of 2017 into law.”