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Ignore Buhari’s ‘Doctored’ Second Budget, Labour Party Warns Senate

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The national leadership of the Labour Party (LP) has called on the Nigerian senate to ignore the ‘doctored’ budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the Senate should only debate on the original budget that was presented to the general public.

The party’s stern warning was contained in a statement issued by its leadership on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to the statement which was entitled “interesting times in Nigeria”, the party said that the missing budget issue was one that bothers on integrity, ethics, value system and corruption.

They however warned that the whole world was waiting earnestly to see what steps would be taken by the Parliament to rectify “the insolvency and act of reckless irresponsibility.”

The statement read in part, “We, therefore, advise the Senate to consider only the budget that was originally presented by the President and in considering the budget, exercise common sense economics through the engagement of professionals in the field of monetary, infrastructural, developmental, real, ‘Micro and Macro’ economists as may be connected to the budget proposal.

“While we await the probe by the senate committee, we hope the upper chamber will ensure that necessary steps to forestall re-occurrence of such impunity as well as punishing the perpetrators of this heinous act against Democracy and the Nigeria People is put in place.

“That this is coming from a party that has sworn to bring change to our democracy leaves much to be desired and clearly sends a wrong signal to the electorate that voted for this party based on integrity.”