A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari that he does not rate Senate President Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, “very very low” on patriotism.
Naija News reports that the President made this statement when he addressed Nigerians in a “Special Interview” aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Monday, May 27.
This online news platform understands that President Buhari addressed many issues including insecurity, the economy, judiciary, the 2019 general elections among others.
President Buhari said during the “Special Interview” that the National Assembly, led by Saraki and Dogara held Nigeria to ransom for seven months without passing the budget.
“I told Saraki and Dogara that by holding the budget for 7 months, you’re not hurting me, you’re hurting Nigerians? In terms of patriotism, I rate them very very low,” Buhari said on Monday night in a Special Interview monitored by Naija News.
The president said the national assembly wanted to show they were the government and not the executive, and he made his displeasure known about their conduct.
After the Special Interview, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to air their opinions President Buhari’s statement about Saraki and Dogara.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
The heads of MDAs routinely fail/refuse/neglect to "PATRIOTICALLY" defend their budget proposals before the relevant NASS committees. To the point where the same Saraki & Dogara have had to ask Buhari to wade in before he did ordered MDAs to do so
But let's blame Saraki & Dogara pic.twitter.com/suZNDEg5mW
— The Male Arya Stark (@I_Am_Ilemona) May 28, 2019
Saraki and Dogara gets the blame really?? Government agencies and ministries that failed to show up for budget defence on time aren't blamed by Mohammadu Buhari ??
— Rice Zul Bauchi (@RyceDee) May 28, 2019
I rate Saraki and Dogara very low in area of patriotism – PMB
Imagine Buhari rating someone in the area of patriotism
This is the same Buhari who refuses to sign the Electoral Act into Law & stop the killing of Nigerians which is his primary responsibility.#BuhariFailed
— God Bless Shantel (@SweetShantel) May 28, 2019
I rate Saraki,Dogara very very low -Buhari
We rate you lower -Nigerians
— Bola Agboola (@bbdelacruz001) May 27, 2019
President Buhari said he rated Saraki and Dogara very low on patriotism to Nigeria.
Can we rate Buhari in terms of patriotism and security.
Please reply and retweet. pic.twitter.com/wYGoJwiVIw
— TIMOTHY De-Lead-Man (@TimothyEwa) May 28, 2019
Buhari is rating Saraki and Dogara low?
Dear Buhari, we don't even rate you at all pic.twitter.com/QtEKFLsm3K
— TheSarakist (@TheSarakist) May 28, 2019
Summary of Buhari's Interview…
– Don't blame me, PDP stole all the money
– Don't blame me, Saraki and Dogara didn't pass the budget on time
– Don't blame me, Community leaders are to be blamed for Kidnappings / Insecurity… #NaDem
— The Good Guy (@AS_Gimba) May 27, 2019
President Buhari u blamed saraki n dogara for ur failure, u can't blame anybody 4 ur mistake the mistake is us not saraki o dogara n if u continue blaming pple 4 ur mistake u lead Nigeria to dooms pic.twitter.com/VUwuno4vCj
— Arc Riper the activists (@ArcGiegie) May 28, 2019
BUHARI ON SARAKI, DOGARA: 3 ISSUES
1. The budget was submitted in Dec. 2019 & passed by @nassnigeria in April 2019- 4 months after.
Could the president have missed his count when he accused NASS leaders of "holding the country to ransom without passing the budget for 7 months?" pic.twitter.com/NjPF1BGXii
— RootsTv (@rootstvnigeria) May 28, 2019
I rate Saraki and Dogara very low in area of patriotism – Buhari.
It's my sincere prayer that we get patriotic Nigerians that will work closely with Mr President for the good of Nigeria and Nigerians to head the 9th @nassnigeria
— Adams Oshiomhole (@A_Oshiomhole) May 28, 2019
Buhari : I rated Saraki and Dogara low in terms of patriotism due to the delay of budget passage.
Nigerians : pic.twitter.com/RzK0LpK0Sn
— Brother Parody (@BrotherParody) May 28, 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari seems not to understand the process involved in budget approval.
How on earth do you blame Saraki and Dogara for the delay in budget passage when the executive member from the MDAs failed to show up for budget defence?
— 'W ọ l é (@WolexAyejuyo) May 28, 2019
President Buhari simply telling us Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara are obstacles around his government since the last four years holding Nigeria Growth. So Deep
— APC Kwara Media (@MediaApc) May 27, 2019
In terms of patriotism, I rated Saraki & Dogara low- Buhari. The biggest killer & sceptic in Nigeria is Mr. President. 6months to appoint cabinet members, recession hits Nigeria he ran to London for 3months&2wks while Presidential jet was DRINKING dollar at the airport in London
— DOZIE. (@Alvinuzor) May 27, 2019
Imagine Buhari that refuses to sign the Electoral Act into law, rating Saraki and Dogara low. I'm done here
— Ms Ene'eze (@RukkyAbdullahi) May 28, 2019
Buhari's head is not correct
The only thing worse than a dictator is a lying dictator
Buhari will answer God for his hatred of Saraki and Dogara
Allah punish Buhari #NotMyPresident
— #OfficeOfTheCitizen (@Jani4Tijani) May 27, 2019