Nigeria 2013 budget deficit to fall to 2.17 pct: president

ABUJA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Nigerian President GoodluckJonathan presented the country's 2013 budget to parliament onWednesday, saying the budget deficit would fall to 2.17 percentin 2013, down from 2.85 percent in 2012.

He urged parliament to accept a tighter budget because ofongoing uncertainty over oil prices. Oil makes up around 80percent of Nigeria's revenues.

"This threat of oil price volatility remains constant andforces us to rely on a prudent methodology ... We've takennecessary steps to mitigate possible negative effects ... of aglobal recession," he said.

(Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Tim Cocks)

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