Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) – 
After a long wait for his assent to the controversial budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2016 Appropriation Bill into law.

The signing ceremony was performed on Friday by Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The budget has been a matter of national discourse following claims and counter claims by the National Assembly and the Presidency over pecuniary distortions of the budget.

The assent by Mr. President has however ended several weeks of face-off between the National Assembly and the Executive.

Among those who witnessed the signing ceremony were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Others included the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma; the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Samaila Kawo; the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun; the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje; and the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumuni Jubril.

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