Human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), says President Muhammadu Buhari has no right under the law to sign the 2017 budget just as he advised the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo not to sign it.
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Falana made these two remarks in Ilorin during a colloquium organised by the Movement for Genuine Change to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of Kwara State.
Expressing anger at the National Assembly for increasing the budget, particularly its own, the Human right activist described the increment as illegal, and advised Prof. Osinbajo not to append his signature to it.
Speaking on who is qualified to sign the 2017 budget between Buhari and Prof. Osinbajo, Falana said, “The President is not competent to sign any bill into law while he is on vacation. The constitution did not envisage that a President who is on a vacation and an acting president, who is standing proxy for him will be exercising presidential powers simultaneously.
“To that extent, pending the resumption of duties by President Buhari, the Acting President, Prof. Osinbajo, is competent to sign all bills validly passed by the NASS.
“If President Buhari did not exercise powers during his vacation even though he was in the country, why would he want to do so while he is on medical vacation abroad?”