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I rate Saraki and Dogara very low in patriotism – Buhari laments

Amadin Ogbewe

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Muhnammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, has stated that after accessing the Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives speaker, Yakubu Dogara, he found them very low in patriotism. 

According to the Nigerian President, during an NTA interview last night, he had asked the lawmakers how they felt about holding the budget to ransom for seven months, which in some ways meant they were hurting the entire country. 

Though he never gave their excuse, however President Buhari said he rates Saraki and Dogara very low when it comes to patriotism.

Asked to comment on the delayed budget passage, he said, 

“I think a culture was developed in the National Assembly that they should dictate the terms, which was wrong. It is the executive that dictates the terms and takes it before the legislature. It (the legislature) will examine it and agree or disagree with it.

“But when they go around posing that they are the government and not the executive, then that’s the problem. I felt and I spoke personally to the Senate President, Saraki, and the leader of the House, Dogara. They could not deny it.

“I asked them how they felt to hold the country at ransom for seven months without passing a budget. Unfortunately, they were not hurting me; they were hurting the country. So, really, in terms of patriotism, I think I rated them very low indeed.”

A tweet on his handle reads;

President @MBuhari on the 7 months it took to pass the 2018 budget: “I asked Saraki and Dogara, how do they feel holding the budget to ransom, for seven months. It’s not me they’re hurting, it’s the entire country. In terms of patriotism I rated them very low.”

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