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The Case Of The Missing Budget: Twitter Reacts To News That Nigeria’s Budget Disappeared

Multiple outlets are reporting that Nigeria’s budget is missing. Nigerians are both outraged and cracking jokes on Twitter.


Multiple outlets are reporting that Nigeria’s budget is missing. What might sound at first like some arcane parliamentary problem is actually literal: Hundreds of documents on which the official 2016 budget was printed, as well as any electronic copies have disappeared from parliament where it was supposed to be discussed today.

The missing documents—which spell out about US$31bn in spending—meant the Nigerian Senate could not go ahead with debate as planned. The opposition is blaming the President who, in turn, blames it on the National Assembly. This comes amid plunging global oil prices which threaten to drain the national coffers.

According to the BBC:

President Muhammadu Buhari delivered the hard copies of his first budget to both houses at the end of last month. It detailed his plans to raise spending by 20% by borrowing heavily amid falling global oil prices. The president, who came to power last May, also pledged to improve tax collection and invest in other industries including mining and agriculture to create more jobs.

As one would expect, Nigerians are both outraged and cracking jokes on Twitter.

Oddly the funniest stuff seems to be coming from South Africans.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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