The apex Yoruba Socio Political group, Afenifere, has described the contents of the 2016 national budget as unrealistic and lacking any clear cut direction at recovering the failing economy.
The pan-Yoruba group also suggested that restructuring of the country as recommended in the 2014 national conference report was the only solution to the present economic woes.
Afenifere, which made these views known through its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, after its meeting in Akure, Ondo State on Tuesday, said excessive borrowing captured in the budget indicated that the federal government was running away from solving the present problems of the economy which requires diversification.
The 2016 budget proposal of N6.08 trillion is to be partly financed by domestic borrowing of N984 billion and foreign borrowing of N900 billion, bringing the total to N1.84 trillion.
However, Afenifere urged the National Assembly to properly scrutinise every line of the 2016 Appropriation Bill so as to ensure the country had a budget that would bring prudence into the system.
It noted that for the country to emerge from the current economic crises, the federal government should immediately consider the restructuring of the country in line with the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.
“We were embarrassed and scandalized by the processes that characterised the presentation of 2016 budget which is unprecedented in the history of our country”, Mr. Odumakin said.
According to the Afenifere spokesperson, “That a budget will be presented, declared missing, without knowing, another one will surface and then the president will now write on the matter.
“If they were mistakes in the earlier budget presented, government should have come out clean and said sorry, we made mistakes and we want to correct the errors.
“We hope that the federal government will not allow it to happen again in our country, it is embarrassing and scandalous”, he said.
While declaring support for the anti-corruption war, the group urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to be selective and sectional in the fight.
The anti-corruption war should not be the only agenda of the government, instead the government should concentrate on rebuilding the economy, Afenifere stated.
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