The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has said that he will sign the 2017 budget when he is satisfied with its content.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a tweet, said “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.”
Akande had earlier posted on his Twitter timeline, saying that the Acting President was reviewing the budget.
According to Premium Times, the spokesman’s statement is in reaction to a comment attributed to the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed.
Mohammed reportedly said that the cabinet was not sure of who will sign the 2017 budget.
Some political commentators allege that the minister’s comment is a fall out of the wording of the latter which President Buhari sent to the Senate before he travelled to London.
Buhari, in his letter, told the Senate that Yemi Osinbajo will ‘coordinate’ the activities of government in his absence.
The lawmakers however condemned the use of the word ‘coordinate’, and declared that Osinbajo will function as the acting President till Buhari returns from his medical trip.