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Presidency responds to “Lost” 2016 Budget Mystery & Confusion



Missing Budget

Various news reports have confirmed that the 2016 budget is missing.

Premium Times says

“the hard and soft copies of the 2016 budget documents President Muhammadu Buhari handed over to the National Assembly on December 22, 2015, have been declared missing.

The Nigerian Senate was scheduled to commence deliberation on the proposed budget Tuesday (today).

But Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, shocked lawmakers at a closed-door session, when he told them the budget documents had been stolen”

Responding to enquiries about the missing budget, the Presidency has said;

Nobody except the President can withdraw the budget. As far as we know, he hasn’t done that.

The copies in their hundreds have been delivered to both chambers of the National Assembly.

By tradition, once the budget is submitted, it ceases to be our property.

Enquiries as to where it is should be directed to the appropriate quarters.

Best regards.

Basically the Presidency is passing responsibility for this situation to the Senate.

BellaNaijarians, what are your thoughts?


  1. Spunky

    January 12, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    No need to blow long grammar. This is mess.

  2. Spunky

    January 12, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    *a mess!

  3. lola

    January 12, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    This country is a mess,how can the soft and hard copy be missing? Am suspecting foul play from the Senate especially Saraki.

  4. Krasavitsa

    January 12, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Mschewwwwwwwwwwww! Only in Nigeria. Our leaders are absolutely shameless!

  5. FasholasLover

    January 12, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Confusion break bone. If hard copies are missing, soft copies nko. Abi the Presidency does not understand the meaning of soft copy. No back up, nada??? National budget?? Nigeria is beyond logic. But, how come the hard copies went missing in the first place? Assuming the hard copies wakad, which is beyond belief, what happened to the soft copies in the custody of the body that compiled the various submissions that is the budget? What is this “he said, l said…..”?????

    This beggars belief!!!!!!!! Only in Naija.

  6. nnenne

    January 12, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Soft copy of such a highly sensitive project missing? In 2016 ?
    This is the joke of the century!

  7. Omo eko

    January 12, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    This is such a mess. I really don’t understand this country. Soft and hard copies missing? really?

  8. Debby Dibs

    January 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Methinks that after the public uproar at some of the unbelievable items in that budget (e.g. N322 million to connect cable to the driver’s bathroom), the presidency has snuck that budget out for review. They cannot of course admit to this as it would amount to interfering with due process. Saraki has no obvious stake in stealing a budget.

    • NOT the dinosaur age.

      January 13, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      This is corruption.

      Call it by its name.

      And, furthermore, if GEJ left an empty treasury as they’ve been alleging, where did over 6 trillion naira come from for the 2016 budget?

      Oil was selling much higher in GEJ’s time and the budget was about 4 and a half trillion naira. Oil prices have fallen so drastically and yet Buhari’s budget is N6 trillion plus.

      They have not accused the previous occupants of the Villa of stealing all the kitchen things, so why is almost a billion naira, or over a billion budgeted for buying kitchen equipment, and canteen equipment, etc? (Just one example.)

      Even “soft copy” has disappeared in this day and age. And, from the computers of ALL the people and teams of people that would have worked on preparing this budget.

      Today is January 13, not April 1, and even then, no one would still fall for it.

    • Alex

      January 18, 2016 at 3:28 am

      God bless you and your comment my dear, you too get sense!!

  9. Lol

    January 12, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Buhari this is so embrassing get this together now!!

  10. Art

    January 12, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Lol all I can say is whoever stole it should #bringbackourbudget

    • Bella

      January 13, 2016 at 10:09 am

      OH man your comment had me rolling !!!

  11. golden

    January 13, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I saw Kunle steal the budget and handed it to Chukwuma to give Musa. LOL

  12. Tolu

    January 13, 2016 at 12:14 am

    You can’t know the level of mess yet not until an opposition comes in a start acting saintish as Buhari is acting now.

  13. sosoo

    January 13, 2016 at 12:17 am

    If it is davidogate omo u gats c comments but stories that have to deal with the economic realities of our country, i can even memorize the comments . And they call donald trump a racist when he says africa needs another hundred years of colonialism.

    • Cindy

      January 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Pls shut the eff up. Go and start your own country so that you can be colonized again na.

  14. ElessarisElendil

    January 13, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Because Premium Times has never given false news before??

    Because I seem to remember when they claimed 100 soldiers were missing. When they claimed ministries were being slashed to 23. They’re an online medium so until I see a video I’m calling bullshit on this.

    • Krasavitsa

      January 13, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Watched it on AIT last night. This news isn’t false.

    • whocaresq

      January 13, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      I saw this and I thought BN was making a sarcastic and dramatic comment.. it is real??!?! The budget have lost? lmaoooo. oh gods, I cant even laugh. Is that even possible? Someone stole it? Someone? the national budget? ahh
      #Wherethebudgetat? – in yo momma. please this joke had to happen ok. lool.

  15. Glory N

    January 13, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Your President presented a budget with mind boggling provisions that taint the so called saintly “i-am-not-corrupt” garb that he wears. Unfortunately for him (and fortunately for Nigerians) the budget (shrouded in much secrecy for reasons best known to the presidency) leaked. Utterly embarrassed at the turn of events, your presidency has come up with this ridiculous story that only persons with low IQs will buy. This is really an insult to our collective intelligence….soft and hard copy missing, you must think this is 1984. No smart person will buy this silly story, Nigerians are not fools.

  16. mimi

    January 13, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I don’t understand ! How can the Federal Republic of Nigeria announce to her Citizens that a soft copy of a Budget made by them is missing ? i can at least try to accept the hard copy part but for a soft copy to go missing ? Nah! is there no backup ? These old men AKA Leaders AKA thieves , must really think we are stupid though .

  17. Gina

    January 13, 2016 at 6:49 am

    LOL. now waiting for them to blame this on the past administration .

  18. marves

    January 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Now let’s stop all these political theatricals abeg. Missing budget ko! missing budget ni!

  19. sippingtea

    January 13, 2016 at 7:58 am

    What?! Soft and hard copies missing??? This must be GEJs fault! lmao… Nigeria oooo, when will we truly change as a nation?

  20. Clintz

    January 13, 2016 at 8:26 am

    This is really an unbelievable , how on earth can such anything happehappen??? Forget bou the hardcopy…the bckup file nkor???, the soft copy???
    This is a fallacy which shud be ignored by Nigerians… I’m gonna call this “the joke of the millennium…. Hmmmm

  21. Aanuolutomiwa

    January 13, 2016 at 8:53 am

    i’m sure they are joking, they just want us to talk abt them again…………… will soft copy get missing, abi the person that stole the hard copy deleted it from the system ni

  22. SEEN ALL

    January 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Hahahahahaaha the monkey style. Nigeria behold ya CHANGE!
    Change means something different. For it to happen for the first time is change.

  23. Ibinabo

    January 13, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I just taya for this yeye people Nigeria have as leaders.. #bringbackourbudget .This is a mess!

  24. Blossombeautyfinesse

    January 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

    While I try to understand the absurdity of this incident,I just can’t stop laughing. How can a budget just disappear into thin air?

  25. Honey molasses

    January 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I heard the president has dementia so he must have forgotten where he dropped it or who he gave it to! Lol!

  26. Cocolette

    January 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

    What manner of joke is this? This is an insult on the intelligence of nigerians, where do we start from to believe this mess? I’m thoroughly confused

  27. Cub

    January 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    This is what happens when a bunch of pld fools and idiots are appointed to run the country. No back up files? No soft copies? Ok is it only one copy that was printed? Where are the photocopies? If at all? They said youths are the leaders of tmw. As far as im concerned this idiots want to be there till they get to their grave. Yet they just cant be productive. A mere document they cant even have a back up system. Shior!

  28. Tee

    January 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Pls before you throw away that paper used to package your (gugugru and epa/ boli and epa/ suya/ fried yam and akara e.t.c) Please do a double check , it just might be one of the pages of the missing budget.

  29. The Truth

    January 13, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Change is not whats coming. every individuals have to change for change to take place. but nigerians never change and always want change. thats hypocracy.
    charity begins at home. dont scfeam change online and do tha same nasty things ya’ll do everyday. BE THE CHANGE; CHANGE SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE.

  30. ElessarisElendil

    January 14, 2016 at 4:58 am

    AIT………..Yup, unbiased reporting those guys!

    Told you guys it was false. It was presented in the House of Representatives today. The APC senators deny its missing, the only senator to confirm was a PDP senator so long story short, our Senators are as un-serious as ever and the reporter and AIT jumped the gun.

    They should go and collect copies from the House of Reps. Incompetent Idiots.

  31. TIGG

    January 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Do this fool’s calling themselves our leaders take us for a fool? Honestly it’s time Nigerians stand up and fight for our birthright! The corruption is really getting out of hand! How can a country with over 36 states budget get missing? Do we look like their for fathers? Iyalaya anybody way think say we citizens of Nigeria can be fooled! It’s high time we stand up and fight back! This is our country! If we don’t fight then who will? They keep saying the future is for we young ones and yet bring back one sick old fool to come tell us trash! Na season film we just dey see here mehn!. When no be their family budget! Omo we gas create youth group capable of fighting back! This is our country! We are all entitled to every kobo Nigeria makes from all source! Omo dem dey use us play candy crush! Damn!

  32. baby v,,

    January 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    University admin will deny release of results now nigerian govt is also talking about stolen budgets n copies, there must b a James Bond in the building. Haba naijaaaaaaa my country
    i wish person de choose en country i for choose neitherland.

  33. abubakar abba danladi

    January 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    plz our leader nt our rulers. every thing goes wrong it’s you leading it………plz stop jocking ur about missing this budget. u all knw that many nigerian hav hard copies, nd also soft copies is in ur computer.. plz release our budget. bcos it can regulate our economy..nd bring full employment to our youths.

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