The Nigerian Presidency on Friday, May 19, 2017 confirmed that the National Assembly has formally transmitted the 2017 Appropriation Bill, the national budget, recently passed into law to the executive.
Laolu Akande, one of the presidential spokespersons, made the announcement on Twitter saying, “2017 Budget – Appropriations bill now officially received in the acting president’s office and undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration.”
2017 Budget -Appropriations bill now officially received in the Acting President's office & undergoing very prompt & diligent consideration.
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) May 19, 2017
Akande added that the budget document is currently undergoing diligent consideration by the executive arm of government.
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, had on Wednesday told reporters that upon receipt of the document, copies would be made available to ministers to compare what their ministries sent to the National Assembly and what was returned.
He had told the reporters that a decision on who would sign the document between Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in London, the United Kingdom for an indefinite medical leave would be taken at the appropriate time.
But Akande had stated that Osinbajo will sign the document once he is satisfied with what was transmitted back to the executive from the National Assembly.
The omission of the word, “acting president” in ailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the National Assembly when he departed for London, rather naming Professor Osinbajo as “co-ordinator of national affairs” has generated intense debates in the political landscape as to the implications for the smooth running of the country and the powers and legitimacy of the acting president.