The Federal Government has rebuffed a claim made by Peter Obi that President Bola Tinubu is not caring and insensitive to the sufferings Nigerians are facing.
Obi had taken to his X account(formerly Twitter) channel a day after President Tinubu signed into law the N2.17trn supplementary budget and claimed Tinubu failed to attend to certain emergencies and pressing needs of the country.
He stressed that Tinubu was unaware of the dire crisis in the country concerning the manner of his allocation of the budget allocations.
In response to Peter Obi’s claim, Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation swiftly said that the budget “is not insensitive, but rather a bold and pragmatic response to the pressing and economic challenges Nigeria currently faces”.
The minister on Thursday in a statement, asked Obi to take the time and familiarize himself well with the details of the supplementary budget.
He maintained that the allocations included all the essential sectors such as security, agriculture and food security, works and housing, wage increase for workers, student loan scheme, and social safety nets, among others, which was aimed at strengthening the country’s economic foundations and improve the livelihood of Nigerians.
The state statement read: “The broad provision in the supplementary budget is a reflection of President Tinubu’s strong desire and eagerness to support the vital functions of government, address urgent security needs, and fast-track the country’s recovery process from the economic impact occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy,” the minister was quoted by his media aide Rabiu Ibrahim as saying.
Idris asked the opposition to refrain from misrepresentation of facts for political gains, explaining that the supplementary budget was properly planned by active engagement and consultation with knowledgeable stakeholders who made sure that the budgetary provisions cut across the needs and expectations of Nigerians.