Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, says the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been able to meet all its promises to Nigerians.
Mohammed made the statement while reacting to a comment Senate President Bukola Saraki made on the 2019 budget.
President Muhammadu Buhari presented an N8.83 billion budget to a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday.
But speaking when he hosted some civil society organisations in Abuja, Saraki who is also the director-general of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign, said the budget “has no hope for anybody”.
“We all heard the 2019 budget. That is a budget that has no hope for anybody because if you look at the statistics and the figures there’s poverty, if you look at the figures based on revenues that are coming in, there is nothing left,” the senate president had said.
Responding while speaking with journalists at Aso Rock on Friday, the information minister said the executive presented a budget based on the circumstances of the country.
He said the government had met all its promises to Nigerians and would deliver more.
“It is not the practice of the executive to be exchanging words with the legislative arm of government, they are independent, we are independent,” Mohammed said.
“To the best of our knowledge, we presented a budget given the circumstances of our resources this year, we feel that is the best we can. It is left for the national assembly to consider it.
“I wish everybody Merry Christmas and as a government, we are happy that we have been able to meet all our promises, all our obligations to Nigerians.”