Members of the National Assembly and House of Representatives were seen jeering and cheering President Muhamadu Buhari as he arrived at the complex to present the 2019 budget proposal.

 

The President who arrived at about 12:40pm is currently presenting the 2019 budget before a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives.

 

The complex was heavily guarded with security men from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), Presidential Guards Brigade, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and other security agencies.

 

The jeers and cheers did not stop even when the president started speaking amidst interruption from the lawmakers.

 

Buhari’s supporters praised him, while opposition lawmakers booed him and sang freedom songs.

 

After pausing for the National Anthem, the chamber became rowdy again as several lawmakers began booing him.

 

It was gathered that it took the intervention of the Senate President before the session began. But the situation is being repeated throughout the President’s speech, especially whenever he mentions an achievement by his government or its intentions and targets.

 

Meanwhile, noticeably absent were the workers at the National Assembly, under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, who had crippled business and legislative activities as part of their four-day warning strike.

 

The workers, who barricaded the entrances to the National Assembly on Monday, and had earlier picketed the chambers, were still at the main entrance to the premises as of 8am, had resolved to stay away from the premises pending the time the budget presentation would last.