The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly led by Abaribe on Tuesday, May 4, lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari has remained silent despite insecurity in the nation.
According to the caucus, the Presidency has continued to breach the constitution.
Leader of the caucus and Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe who said this at a media briefing in Abuja also noted that the caucus will soon “do the needful to save the country from collapse.”
“We have not heard from our President despite the daily killings that are going on and have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportion.
“Therefore, the caucus has taken note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that are happening at this time by the government of the APC and will at the appropriate time utilise all constitutional methods and measures available after consultation with our colleagues to do the needful to save the country from collapse.
“We also as a caucus want to put on notice to all Nigerians and the international community about the threat to the lives of our members that comes out to say things that are true about the state of Nigeria today and these threats have come in various forms, including the threat to life,” Abaribe noted.
The criticism from the minority caucus comes on the heels of increased insecurity in the country with the insurgency in the northeast region, herder-farmer clash in the middle belt, banditry in the northwest, and separatist tensions in the southeast.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government (FG) has announced its plans to slash salaries of civil servants and merge agencies with duplicitous functions in its efforts to weather the rough economic storm it currently faces.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, made this disclosure in Abuja on Tuesday, May 4 at the ongoing ‘National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Cost of Governance in Nigeria.’
Ahmed disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the salaries committee to review payroll and also review the number of agencies.
According to her, the FG will weed out unnecessary items from the budget as a move to cut the cost of governance in the country.
This move is consistent with the 2011 Steve Oransanye Committee report, an 800-page document; which had far-reaching recommendations on MDAs that should be scrapped, those to be merged and those to become self-funding, thereby freeing funds for the much-needed capital projects across the country.
Speaking at the event organised by the Independent Corrupt Practice Commission; the Finance Minister noted that the government had approved a N13.88 trillion budget with a deficit of over N5.6 trillion.
The FG projected revenue of N7.98 trillion to fund part of the 2021 budget.