April 13, 2024

Alleged Budget Padding: CSO threatens mass protest

[Video] Details: Revelation on some Senators getting ‘N500m’ each tears Senate apart

Senate setting

The allegation of budget padding leveled against the senate by the suspended senator representing Bauchi Central Abdul Ningi has continued to elicit reactions from countrymen.

Recall that Ningi had alleged that the senate padded the 2024 federal government’s budget by over N3.7 trillion, an allegation that triggered rumbles in the red chamber of the National Assembly, leading to the senator’s suspension for three months.

In its reaction to the accusation and Ningi’s suspension, a civil society organisation known as “National Association For Peaceful Coexistence and Good Governance” has threatened to organise a massive protest against the senate saying the padding could not be justified.

Founder of the group Comrade Isiaku Balogun Nathaniel, in an interview with AIT, urged President Bola Tinubu to probe Ningi’s allegations, call the leadership of the senate to make clarification, and reinstate the suspended senator within one week otherwise the group will mobilise Nigerian youth to stage massive protest in the nation’s capital.

According to him, Ningi’s revelation was in the best interest of the nation describing his suspension as a witch-hunt and unfair to his constituency “that now lacks representation in the senate”.

“We are going to mobilise ourselves in our numbers. We are approaching the national assembly, we are staging massive protests till the president deems it fit to call the senate president to order.

“We are giving them seven days’ notification from today (to do the needful). We are going to barricade the national assembly to call for transparency and accountability because Nigerians want to know what and what the senators are using N3.7 trillion to do”, he said.