I will sign the 2017 budget bill – Acting President Osinbajo

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's Vice President

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that he will sign the 2017 Appropriation Bill still being expected from the National Assembly.

Osinbajo made the clarification to end the speculation on whether himself or President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the bill.

Making the clarification on Wednesday night, the Acting President through his media aide, Laolu Akande in a Twitter message, said the question of who will sign the bill does not arise.

Osinbajo explained that when the bill is finally transmitted by the National Assembly to the Presidency, he will sign it if he is satisfied with the content.

The controversy over who signed the bill was triggered by the Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, who told the State House correspondents on Wednesday afternoon that the decision on who sign the bill, whether Buhari or Osinbajo will be taken when the bill arrives.

The minister shortly after the story circulated said he was quoted out of context by the reporters.

“They asked who’s going to sign the budget, the President or the VP. I said that does not arise. Do they want me to say President? Then, they ask when he is coming back? So, I say when it is transmitted to the Presidency, that decision will be taken,” said the minister.

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