Buhari’s Aide, Ita Enang Refuses To Speak On Saraki’s Doctored Budget Allegation
BEVERLY HILLS, January 14, (THEWILL) – The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly (Senate), Ita Enang, says he will not respond to the allegation by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that he doctored the 2016 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in December.
On Thursday, after a closed-door session, Saraki alleged that the copy of the 2016 budget made available to the Senate was different from the original copy presented by Mr. Buhari in December last year.
“What he distributed is different from what was presented by Mr. President and we have resolved not to address any version until we receive the version presented by Mr. President,” Saraki said, referring to Enang, who is also a former senator.
The claim was later reinforced by the Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi, who said that the Senate would obtain a soft copy of the original document, produce it in hard copies and consider it next week.
Reacting, Enang, who spoke with local news reporters described the matter as “sensitive”.
He said the matter was between “two of my bosses”, referring to the President and the National Assembly adding that he would rather not comment on the development.
“I do not want to comment on the matter at the moment. It is a very sensitive matter involving two of my bosses. I don't want to talk about them.” he said.
Lawmakers in the upper chamber had declared on Tuesday that the budget documents was missing, prompting the senate to set up a committee to investigate the matter.
Story by David Oputah