The Peoples Democratic Party Lawmakers on Wednesday explained the reason why the members disrupted the budget presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari to the joint session of the National Assembly.
The President was accompanied to National Assembly by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to address a joint session of the lawmakers.
However, there were competition of booing and cheering among pro and anti Buhari lawmakers at the National Assembly throughout the President’s presentation.
President Buhari’s admonition to the lawmakers that “You are on international TV, comport yourselves. The world is watching us; we should be above this,” also failed to calm the rowdy lawmakers.
The session also turned rowdy as soon as Buhari concluded his speech.
However, the Deputy Minority Leader, Mr Chukwuka Onyema, after the session led members of the PDP caucus in the House to address journalists where he thrashed the appropriation bill.
Onyema said, “Again, the Buhari administration has tabled another multi-trillion naira budget and, again, this hollow ritual it began in 2015 may soon be followed, as usual, with excuses for non-performance.
“Again too, as it has always done, the APC government known for its unique ideology of ‘blame-ology’ will start apportioning of blames to all else, except itself.
“For a government that came into power promising utopia, consistently dismal implementation of the national budget betrays its half-hearted, insensitivity to the plight of the Nigerian people who long for genuine progress and development that will positively impact their lives.
“Yet since 2015, it has been an unfortunate harvest of lies, blames and propaganda while its over hyped campaign promises of security, economic growth and war against corruption have remained a mirage” he said.