Peter Obi Criticizes Tinubu for the N2.17Bn budget, Claiming he is Unaware of Nigeria’s Crisis.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has come under fire from Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), who claimed that the administration’s actions show a lack of understanding of the serious crisis facing the nation.
In addition, Obi charged that the government had omitted the most urgent emergencies and needs of the country from the Supplementary Budget it had signed on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.
He lamented that instead, the government included “a mysterious presidential yacht, presidential jets, the furnishing of already lavishly furnished presidential quarters and offices, and fleets of luxury SUVs” in the budget.
The former Anambra State governor disclosed this in a statement posted on X on Wednesday.
The statement, titled ‘Observations on the Supplementary Budget’, read, “A supplementary budget is a budget made for very important national welfare needs of the people that were not captured originally in the main budget or do not have adequate funding.
“Admittedly, some items in the current budget may not have taken into consideration the needs of a new administration, but it is expected that a supplementary budget this late in the financial year should reflect mostly urgent items of national welfare.
“Sadly, the most pressing national needs and emergencies have not featured in the supplementary budget that was just announced by the government. For example, the United Nations and the World Food Programme have recently warned that up to 6.5 million Nigerians will go hungry next year.
This number is largely from among citizens in Sokoto, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, and Zamfara States. A caring government, in order to plan for the mitigation of such pending catastrophes, can request supplementary budget provisions to cushion those under threat.
“No item of urgent social welfare has yet featured in the supplementary budget being orchestrated by this government. Instead, the items being made to dominate public discourse on the budget include a mysterious presidential yacht, presidential jets, the furnishing of already lavishly furnished presidential quarters and offices, fleets of luxury SUVs, etc. This portrays a government that is totally uncaring, insensitive to the suffering of the majority, and indifferent to the mood of the nation.
“The government’s overall attitude does not indicate that it is aware that the country is in a huge crisis, nor is the government in tune with the plight of the generality of our people.
Even worse is the fact that most of the funding for these profligate expenditures will be largely borrowed. The least that Nigerians expect from the government at this difficult moment is empathy and realism, not lavish indulgence.”