A group, Citizens United for Peace and Stability has restated it’s resolved to occupy the National Assembly complex until the 2016 budget is approved without padding or inclusion of constituency projects..
The group also known as #occupynass said Nigerians have endured enough yet the economy is not improving.
One of the conveners, Bunmi Awoyemi, who noted that federal legislators in Nigeria are some of the highest paid in the world, wondered why the National Assembly budget is shrouded in secrecy.
Reacting to the group’s intention to occupy the National Assembly, Leader of thr Senate, Ali Ndume, described the protest as ridiculous and not well intended.
The occupy national assembly says it intends to remain at the premises for four days.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, has said that there is no misunderstanding between the National Assembly and the Presidency over the 2016 budget.
Briefing journalists after plenary, Senator Ndume called for understanding from Nigerians and the media on the issue of budget passage.
He said there has been conflicting media reports on why the 2016 Appropriation Bill has not signed into law by the president.
Meanwhile, first time senators under the umbrella of G77 have denied that they are warming up to confront the executive over the issue of Senate Presidency.
Recent media reports have it that the group emerged to challenge ranking senators, save Senator Bukola Saraki from impeachment and checkmate the executive on issues relating to the senate.
Briefing the media on Tuesday, leader of G77 and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, said the group was created to deepen democracy and facilitate legislative work.
Senator Akpabio also stated that more senators are jostling to become members of the group, a move that could transform to G90.