2019 Budget presentation: Was Buhari cheered or jeered by lawmakers – The fact check team at NigerianDefender.com has observed different versions of reports of the reactions of members of the legislative arms of the federal government during the official presentation of the 2019 appropriation bill by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday December 19.
Some of the reports especially from the opposition claimed that lawmakers jeered the president while members and supporters of the ruling party claimed otherwise. Of note is the President’s speech which cautioned “the world is watching” while addressing the lawmakers before the official presentation.
Was he booed?
According to a report by Daily Post, There was a mild drama while President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 proposed budget before a joint session of the National Assembly.
Opposition lawmakers booed the President as he highlighted some of the successes so far recorded by his administration.
The actions of the lawmaker made the President to issue a warning, saying: “The world is watching us and we are supposed to be above this.”
While some lawmakers clapped for the President as he reeled out the successes recorded under his administration so far, others could be heard countering his claims, saying, “Lie, lie, that is real wack”, “propaganda”.
Going by this report and other social media reactions, it appears the president was booed by opposition lawmakers during the rowdy joint session of the national assembly.
He was also cheered
Another report by Channels TV has it that the President, who arrived at the National assembly around 12:40 pm, walked into the chamber, he was received with both cheers and jeers.
While his supporters praised him, opposition lawmakers booed him and sang freedom songs.
After pausing for the National Anthem, the chamber became rowdy again as several lawmakers began booing him.
It took the intervention of the Senate President before the session began. But the situation is being repeated throughout the President’s speech, especially whenever he mentions an achievement by his government or its intentions and targets.
As the President mentioned each achievement by his government, they chorused, ‘No!’.
What really were the general reactions?
The general reaction is that President Muhammadu Buhari was cheered by members of his party and in that order booed by the members of the opposition.
Social media reactions
On the social media, Nigerians also expressed mixed reactions following the the presentation of budget 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari. The 2019 Budget, tagged ‘Budget of Sustenance’, is a drop from the N9.12tn approved for 2018.
President Buhari proposed an oil benchmark of $60 per barrel with a daily production output of 2.3 million barrels per day (bpd).
Some of the reactions are captured below:
In a way I feel bad for GMB because he was booed and heckled by members of the NASS while presenting his #NextLevelBudget not because he doesn't deserve it after failing as President, but because he is just an old man who should be home taking care of his kids.
— Edward Israel-Ayide (@wildeyeq) December 19, 2018
— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) December 19, 2018
This is appalling and completely irresponsible. For so called lawmakers to be behaving this way? Sane Nigerians can now see the quality of characters we call lawmakers here? How will the world see us if the second arm of government is filled with street urchins? #NextLevelBudget
— The Godfather (@Ayourb) December 19, 2018
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) December 19, 2018
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) December 19, 2018
— Ummilo (@Thelma_Halil) December 19, 2018
If you are watching the live #Budget2019 presentation proceedings, it shows that we have Failed Nigeria 😪 It is so depressing observing our Law Makers. Mental Health is a Big Issue we need to address ASAP!
— Hamzat Lawal (Peace!)🇳🇬 (@HamzyCODE) December 19, 2018
— truth be told (@TruthBeTold_ng) December 19, 2018
— Uncle Mark™ (@iamUncleMark) December 19, 2018
— Taiwo_Ajakaye (@dmightyangel) December 19, 2018
All these APC foolish wokists that are talking bullshit because Buhari is being laughed at, at NASS should shut the fuck up.
Theresa May was laughed at, hell Trump was laughed at when he spoke to world leaders…if you act like a fool, you'll be laughed at #Budget2019
— Suave (@cita_chukwuma) December 19, 2018
All of u saying the legislators are disgraceful with their booing, it's part of democracy even Theresa May and Trump got booed #Budget2019
— Blessed Denzel (@blessed_denzl) December 19, 2018