President Muhammadu Buhari has approved only N70million for the celebration of the nation's Independence. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSGF disclosed this on Tuesday. The SGF said, Buhari reluctantly approved the N70m after complaining that he would have preferred the money is diverted for the payment of workers salaries. He explained that this year's celebration is low key adding that the president had argued that the money was too much to be spent on frivolities such as celebrations when Nigerians are struggling to survive the present day economic stress. He said, Buhari almost slash down the N70 million.
Four events, the SGF said have been approved by the president to manage the entire celebration process. The events are: Jumat prayers, international thanksgiving service, ceremonial change of guards and a children’s party. He said the president will also address the nation on October 1.