Updated: March 6, 2021
A Nigerian governor has labeled President Muhammadu Buhari a “blame specialist” who justifies his failures by blaming everyone else but himself.
The governor urged Mr. Buhari to take full responsibility for the myriad of challenges bogging Nigeria, including mass unemployment, instability and poverty in Africa’s most populous nation.
In a statement on Thursday, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, said President Buhari should be “ashamed that he signed 2018 budget in June”, almost six months after he was expected to sign it.
Mr. Buhari signed the 2018 appropriations bill on Wednesday after disagreements with the National Assembly were somehow ironed out.
But Mr. Fayose argued that using those disagreements to justify the late signing of the budget is dishonest, especially because, according to him, previous budgets had no impact on Nigerians.
“The previous budgets that he agreed with the National Assembly, what did he do with them? Where are the impacts of 2016 and 2017 budgets?,” he asked.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said “President Buhari has become what can be termed as blame specialist who will always blame his failure on other people.
“As a military Head of State, he blamed former President Shehu Shagari’s government. Since he assumed office, he has been blaming his predecessor.
“And now that he can’t get ordinary budget passed by the National Assembly for over six months, he is blaming the legislative arm. When is he going to be man enough to stop his blame game?”
Governor Fayose reminded the President of the 2016 ruling of Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja in which he declared that the National Assembly has the power to add, reduce, and review the budget.
The judge said the National Assembly can increase, or review upward, budget estimates laid before it by the executive.
“Trying to use the National Assembly as scapve goat for his failure is a disservice to the principle of separation of powers, checks and balances, Fayose said.
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