Why Buhari’s SSA was not sacked for 2016 Budget controversy, By Nonso Nwachukwu

By Post Nigeria January 20, 2016 06:00

Why Buhari’s SSA was not sacked for 2016 Budget controversy, By Nonso Nwachukwu

“Change” was the magic word that attracted Nigerians to the All Progressives Congress, APC, train and to its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. Nigerians wanted change from the direction the country had been in the last 16 years.

The 2016 budget of “change” has been tagged as Buhari’s litmus test. While others have said the budget was supposed to be a focal point for the administration’s economic direction, some others said, it was padded with curious figures.

The battle shifted to the Senate on December 22nd 2015, when Buhari presented the appropriation bill with glamour and applauds. Suddenly the cloud gathered, the lightning flashed, droplets of rain drew faint lines on the horizon.

If there is one thing which all Nigerians have agreed on, it is that nothing is impossible in Nigeria.

Just as the senate resumed from it holidays, news came in that N6.08 trillion was missing fron the National Assembly. Sorry, I mean the 2016 budget of N6.08 trillion had gone missing, disappeared, vanished. Much to everybody’s relief, it turned out that only the budget documents were missing from the senate and not the huge sum.

This sparked wide spread rumours, as some people had posited that Buhari had pulled a stunt on the senate as the box he had presented to the Assembly contained no documents at all, only stale air.

The drama gained momentum after the senate committee on Ethics declared that the budget was not missing, though an attempt was made to burgle the senate’s volt.

Later, the face of the masquerade was unveiled, alas Buhari’s Senior Special Adviser, SSA, on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang who was said to have been behind the shameful fiasco.

He attempted to smuggle in a “fake” budget, but was caught in the process – the senate proclaimed.

According to one early theory, Buhari had pulled a 419 stunt on the National Assembly.
The senate feeling distasteful about the issue exonerated itself from any wrong doing and put the blame squarely on the presidency.

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, was reported to have invaded the villa, seeking explanation for the presidential rascality.

It was a failed operation, the presidency must have discovered. Enang’s head was used to break the sacred coconut; it must be the Voice of Jacob, and the hand of Esau.

The fact is Buhari’s aide was involved in a smuggling act which was orchestrated by the Presidency. If Buhari was oblivious of the decision of his aide immediately the news filtered in, he should have sacked the aide, many Nigerians have thought.

Hence, the decision by the presidency to take the path of due process by sending in a letter of request to the senate after the failed attempt to smuggle in the budget, shows Buhari is only playing with the Intelligence of Nigerians.

It must be put on record that Nigeria is not a banana republic and our president should stop this embarrassment.