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2016 Budget: Former Military Ruler, Babangida Responds to Claims of 'Aso Rock Landlord'

2016 Budget: Former Military Ruler, Babangida Responds to Claims of 'Aso Rock Landlord'

Ibrahim Babangida

Former military President Ibrahim Babangida has joined Nigerians on social media to laugh off the budgetary allocation of over N22 million made by the 2016 budget of Buhari to cater to the rent of the government house.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who hammered so hard on the economic challenges facing the country following the sudden fall in crude oil prices, assured Nigerians that the budget would ameliorate the toll of the economic hardship on Nigerians. The president also promised that the budget would cut waste from government spending while its funds would be directed to public good.

But, the recent breakdown of the budget, especially the allocations made to the Aso Rock villa, ignited furious reactions from Nigerians who took to a micro blogging site, Twitter to inquire concerning the bloated budgetary allocations. Some described the budget as a collection of fraudulent and frivolous allocations aimed at sustaining the flamboyant lifestyle of public officials.

Perhaps the most bizarre of all the allocations is the proposed N22,321,880 budgeted for residential rent at the State House. It is unclear whom the presidency is paying the rent to.

This attracted the response of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida who relocated the presidential villa from Lagos state to Abuja after erecting the edifice.

See his responses via his official Twitter account:

2016 Budget: Former Military Ruler, Babangida Responds to Claims of 'Aso Rock Landlord'

2016 Budget: Former Military Ruler, Babangida Responds to Claims of 'Aso Rock Landlord'

2016 Budget: Former Military Ruler, Babangida Responds to Claims of 'Aso Rock Landlord'
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born August 17, 1941), also known as IBB, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria under military rule. He ruled Nigeria from August 27, 1985, when he overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup, until his departure from office on August 27, 1993, having annulled the elections held on June 12 that year. 

General Babangida was a key player in most of the military coups in Nigeria (July 1966, February 1976, December 1983, August 1985, December 1985 and April 1990).

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