I will sign 2017 budget – Ag President Osinbajo

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will assent to the 2017 budget when he is satisfied with the content, his spokesperson said on Wednesday, May 17.

Mr Laolu Akande in a tweet via his official Twitter account said his principal would sign the budget into law in due course.

“Just so we are clear: when the time comes, everything is set, and he is satisfied, Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo will assent to the 2017 Budget,” tweeted Mr. Akande.

The statement came after a report by Vanguard newspaper that the minister of information, Mr Lai Mohammed has said there is no one to sign the 2017 budget.

Dismissing the report, Mr Mohammed said “It’s absolute rubbish.”

President Muhammadu Buhari’s “medical follow-up” letter to the Senate had generated controversy, Nigerians started expressing concerns over the effectiveness of Mr. Osinbajo.

In that letter, Mr. Buhari invoked Section 145(1) of the Constitution, transferring full powers to Mr. Osinbajo, but said his deputy would “coordinate” affairs of the government in his absence.

Mr. Buhari’s use of “coordinate” instead of “will perform duties of my office” or “act on my behalf” as previously used had unsettled the polity.

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