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President Tinubu affirms National Assembly’s integrity amid budget padding allegations

President Reiterates Commitment to Cooperation Between Executive and Legislature During Ramadan Dinner

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President Bola Tinubu reassured the leadership of the 10th Senate that the integrity of the National Assembly remains unscathed amidst recent allegations of budget padding.

Speaking at a dinner hosted for the Senate leadership to mark the breaking of the Ramadan fast at the State House in Abuja, Tinubu affirmed his administration’s dedication to fostering cooperation between the executive and judiciary for the progress of the nation.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed Tinubu’s remarks in a statement titled ‘President Tinubu: We will not allow anyone to undermine our security; killers of soldiers in Delta State will face certain justice.’

Senator Abdul Ningi, chair of the Northern Senators’ Forum and Senate Committee on Population, had alleged discrepancies in the implementation of the budget approved on January 1, 2024, by the Tinubu-led government. However, the Senate suspended Ningi for three months over these claims during a plenary session on March 12.

Addressing the allegations publicly for the first time, Tinubu asserted, “I know the arithmetic of the budget and the numbers that I brought to the National Assembly, and I know what numbers came back. I appreciate all of you for the expeditious handling of the budget. Thank you very much.”

Expressing gratitude to lawmakers, Tinubu highlighted the nation’s progress in overcoming economic challenges, stating, “Our revenue has improved. All we have to do is to control expenditures and manage ourselves better. Light is at the end of the tunnel, and Nigerians will soon smile again.”

Tinubu also assured that perpetrators of the killing of soldiers in Delta State would face justice, reaffirming his administration’s commitment to supporting the military in neutralising security threats across the nation.

In response, President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, expressed appreciation for Tinubu’s hospitality and emphasized the importance of regular interactions to enhance understanding and governance productivity.

“We bring you assurances of continuous collaboration because we believe strongly that for us to have two brothers from the National Assembly as President and Vice-President, and even the Chief of Staff as our member, we have no option but to work with you,” said Akpabio.

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