Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Now, that's embarassing

Is this a sign of incompetence, obstructionism, criminal activity, politics, or just carelessness?

Nigeria parliament 'loses 2016 budget documents'
Hundreds of copies of Nigeria's 2016 budget have gone missing at the country's parliament, an MP who requested anonymity has told the BBC.
President Buhari and his budget
The senate was unable to start considering the proposed budget because of the missing documentation, he said.

The delay could worsen the country's economic crisis as it deals with the impact of plunging oil prices…

The BBC understands that the copies of the budget for the lower house are not missing and will be distributed on Wednesday.

BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu says this is an embarrassing development for the country's parliament and the government in general.

The MPs are already facing criticism for refusing to cut their salaries and allowances at the time the Africa's largest economy is facing its worst economic crisis in recent years.

Some opposition senators have reacted angrily to the news of the missing documents, accusing the government of being behind their disappearance, Nigeria's Premium Times newspaper reports.

But Mr Buhari's spokesman Garba Shehu denied the allegation, saying: "Once the budget is submitted, it ceases to be our property."…

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