What Happened Between Buhari and Ekweremadu At The Signing Of 2019 Budget

What is no longer news to many is the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, signed into law the 2019 budget, but, what transpired between the president and Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, remains unknown to many.

Thankfully, you are about to find out.

The President, during Monday’s signing of the 2019 appropriation bill of N8.91 trillion into law, had National Assembly Leadership and some members of the Nataional Executive Council as guest witnesses.

He was merely accenting on a bill he National Assembly had already passed into law after increasing the budget size from its initial N8.83 trillion.

Then the moment Senator Ike Ekweremadu (Deputy Senate President) made a fashion Statement.

And that caught the attention and admiration of Mr President.

He wore black, shortsleeved Coat-of-Arms-patterned ‘Isi agu’, albiet not designed with the signature tiger head, but still passed for the conventional Igbo “Isi Agu” attire.

While it caught the President’s attention, the DSP has promised to make one for him.

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The deputy senate President, who visited Gombe State over theweekend to commission landmark projects executed by Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo, was seen excited that the president picked interest in his looks.

Ekweremadu expressed delight at the signing of the budget, saying it was a welcome development for the nation’s economy and government businesss.

He However, admitted much work needed to be donedto address the challenge of late laying and approval of budget in the country.


Meanwhile the presidency has explained that originally proposed a total expenditure of N8.83 trillion to the National Assembly for appropriation.
The Bill then passed by NASS 2019 and signed into Law today provides for a total of N8.92 trillion, an increase of N90.33 billion over the original submission.

Present at the Presidential Villa for the ceremony are the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, the minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, the senior special assistant on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang.

Also at the ceremony are the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, minister of information, Lai Mohammed, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, however, arrived late for the signing ceremony.