Protesting lawmakers delay Buhari’s 2019 budget presentation

Muhammadu Buhari in Daura

Protesting federal lawmakers on Wednesday delayed the presentation of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly.

The lawmakers mostly from opposition parties were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions into the chamber.

An executive session of the National Assembly was ongoing as at 12:20pm

The session was to appeal to the lawmakers not to embarrass the president.

However, the situation appeared to have been brought under control by the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly (Reps) Kawu Samaila.

The presidential aide was seen retrieving the placards from some of the aggrieved lawmakers.

While the executive session went on, a loyalist of the president Gudaji Kazaure came out and was heard speaking in Hausa saying “we will not allow anyone to embarrass the president.”

He rained curses on those planning to do so.