The 2019 budget which was recently presently presented by President Mohammadu Buhari in the national assembly was described by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki as having no iota of hope for Nigerians.
Senator Bukola Saraki described the 2019 budget as ‘hopeless’ while delivering his speech as the director general of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council (PCCO) in Abuja, at a town hall meeting the party’s flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
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According to Saraki, Nigerians were safer in 2015 than they are currently, noting that 2019 appropriation bill presented to a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, by President Muhammadu Buhari is hopeless as it has no future because the statistics do not indicate how it will be funded.
However, in the 2019 budget presented by President Mohammadu Buhari, about a quarter of the sum (N2.14 trillion) will be used for debt servicing while N2.031 trillion will be used for capital expenditure.
Saraki, in his words also predicted that Buhari will not attend the forthcoming presidential debate. He continued, saying “There must be an alternative and that is what we hope that by this evening speaking to our candidate and vice presidential candidate, not based on sentiments, we are not voting on sentiments we are voting on what is the need for you.
“How is your life going to be better? Which party offers you a better future because we see you as those who are patriotic and committed. It’s not about what you’ll get today. It’s about the great country a lot of you have been passing that sacrifice over the years.” He further buttressed on his prediction that Buhari will not come for the presidential debate coming up in January 2019, noting that anyone that wants to lead the country and by extension African should be able to tell the people what he wants to do.
Saraki continued “This is an interactive session I’m not sure whether the other political parties will give you an opportunity like this to ask them any question. I’m told that one has debated and you already know the answer to that debate. On the second one, I’m very sure he’s not going to debate. So how do you assess somebody who is not ready to tell you what he’s going to do? “Those days are gone, my good people, the future of this country, a country that leads the continent that is not the example we want to set for this continent. The whole world is going in a direction, if you’re seeking a position, you must come and tell people what you want to do, you must sit down and they’ll ask you questions and that is why we’re here.
“Today is your day, we will sit down and take questions, I hope at the end of the exercise you will stand up and say yes this is the team that will secure Nigeria, this is the team that will unite Nigeria, this is the team that will fight the poverty in town and bring a bright future.”