We have ‘no reason to mislead’ Nigerians on 2016 budget – Presidency

The Presidency has said that the N6.08 trillion budget that was presented to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari- is still open to comments and criticism from the public.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,Garba Shehu on Sunday.

Shehu said the present administration will continue to welcome well-meaning criticism of its policies, its budget and expenditure.

He said it was based on this conviction and in line with established tradition that made Buhari direct that the draft 2016 appropriation budget be put on the website of the Budget Office so that Nigerians can read it with a view to making their observations.

“We are not by any stretch of imagination suggesting that the draft budget is beyond comments or reproach. Nor do we wish to dwell on this simply to make a point.

“To do that will drive away good citizens from pointing out needed corrections and, ultimately defeating the change mantra of the administration.

“The budget is a Nigerian budget and citizens reserve the right to examine its content and provide their own perspectives.

“As the draft goes through the approval process, this and many other aspects will continue to generate interest, criticism, commendation and sometimes condemnation in discussions in the parliament, the media and the court of public opinion.

“We believe that the process of ‘change’ will be affected by, and stands to gain from these debates especially where there is good faith on all sides.

“Government has no reason whatsoever to mislead the citizens on the budget and on all other matters for whatever reason,” he said.

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