President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Senators of the Federal republic of Nigeria to put national interest first as the 2019 election draws nearer.
Buhari advised the Senators to withdraw the new projects that they inserted in the 2018 budget and instead use the money towards the successful conduct of the 2019 elections.
The President stated this in a letter he sent to the Senate containing details of the budget for the 2019 election.
In the letter read by Senate president, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, it was revealed that 189 billion has been allocated for INEC while 52 billion has been ear-marked for the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies.
It would be recalled that Buhari, during the signing of the 2018 budget, slammed the Senators for adding new projects to the 2018 budget.
The President has now called on the Senators to use funds allocated for such projects to fund the 2019 election budget.
“The total amount required to be provided for in the 2018 budget for the 2019 general election and to restore the identified critical projects to the amount earlier proposed is therefore N228,854, 800, 250,” the letter read.
“Implementing a budget of N9.12 trillion for 2018 is extremely challenging and therefore, I do not consider it expedient to propose a further increase.
“Accordingly, I invite the distinguished senate to consider, in the national interest, relocating some of the funds appropriated for the new projects which were inserted into the 2018 budget proposal totalling N 578, 319, 951, 904 to cover the sum of N228, 854,800, 205 required as noted above.”