Saraki returned pension payments — Kwara Govt.

Bukola Saraki [Photo: Nigerian Pilot]
Bukola Saraki [Photo: Nigerian Pilot]

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has stopped collecting pension and returned all payments made to him, the Kwara State Government has announced.

A statement by Isiaka Gold, Secretary to the State Government, on Wednesday said Mr. Saraki stopped collecting the payment since August 2015 and had returned all he collected prior to that time.

Earlier, Mr. Saraki had said he had returned the pension paid to him to the state government following criticism of state governors collecting pension while holding new political offices.

The senate president had come under attack, especially on social media, following reports that he was still receiving pension from the state government.

But Mr. Gold said Mr. Saraki, on his own volition, considered the morality of the situation in which the pension would put him since he is still a serving senator and “chose to abandon his legal rights.”

The statement read: “The (Kwara) State Government wishes to make the following clarifications.

“That Dr. Saraki, as a two-term governor, is entitled to pension as stipulated by the third schedule, Paragraph D (i) of the Governor and Deputy Governor ((payment of pension) Law, No. 12 of 2010 of Kwara State.

“That the said pension has been duly remitted to his account, like other former governors’, since he left office but when via a letter dated 20th August 2015 addressed to the state government, Dr Saraki requested that the payment of pension to his account be stopped and the amount already credited to the account be refunded to the government, the state government promptly complied.

“That the government not only stopped the payment of the said pension, the amount already paid into Dr. Saraki’s account since he left office was deducted from the money owed to him as well as his other outstanding lawful entitlements.”

Commenting further, he said: “it should be noted that neither the Kwara State Government nor Bukola Saraki violated the state pension law or any other law for that matter. The State Pension Law empowers the State Government to pay pension to former governors of the state.

“That the Kwara State Government will want to reiterate the fact that it was Dr Saraki who on his own volition considered the morality of the situation in which the pension would put him since he is still a serving Senator and chose to abandon his legal rights. We believe he should be commended for decision.”


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  • marig

    Don’t trust this Kwara govt. We need proof that the money has been returned.

  • Mamman Bako

    Show us the proof. Seeing is believing.

  • Sword of Damocles

    “That the government not only stopped the payment of the said pension, the amount already paid into Dr. Saraki’s account since he left office was deducted from the money owed to him as well as his other outstanding lawful entitlements.”

    Since the Kwara State Govt don put mouth, they must explain the above statement, specifically we want to know WHAT ” money owed to him as well as his other outstanding lawful entitlements”

    form the above “suegbe saraki” DID NOT GIVE BACK ONE KOBO’!!!

    • Sword of Damocles

      PT we are counting on you . You must follow up on what the Kwara state Govt send abou deducting what they have already given that man in pension payments from what the State owed/owes him. This seems to indicate that rather than pay back the money, the senator is trying to kill criticism by having the state say that he asked them to DEDUCT IT FROM WHAT KWARA owes him??????? That man should beSLAPPED

    • princegab

      The cool truth, thanks

  • All this in the name of winning Nigerians to his side against 2019. Nigeria politicians can lie through their nose. Anybody that believes this can believe anything. Fatai is Saraki’s puppet and will do anything Saraki says no matter how odd it looks or sounds

  • EOkeh

    very Crafty, a calculated attempt to water-down the criticisms.

  • FreeNigeria

    What about the funds he looted, did he return those too?

  • Jimi

    Show me the proof by way of a bank record idiots! For Saraki and his presidential hopes, THERE IS NEITHER A NEED NOR A POSSIBILITY!

  • Okd

    Who else is in charge of the state Treasury if not saraki, all state government officials are just tools under his control.

  • emailofemi

    2019 on their minds. Never!!!…. Once bitten twice shy

    • Remi

      Yes, you got it!

  • George

    All of you crying here no one comes from Kwara so why don’t face your own retired governors from your own state and let the kwarans do their.

    Have heard Tinubu retirement package go to him to demand he returns before asking another man from another state what he ate to bed.

    God will punish you all.

    • Sword of Damocles

      when did worthless “week old” human defecation such as you urchin, start to speak for our Creator?
      May our Creator have mercy & grace on ALL our souls….. stop uttering HIS name when talking about POLITICS.

    • princegab

      ODEKU is not good for you. You would have been wiser muted

    • Yego V

      Are you from Kwara state, in Nigeria ?

  • Remi

    Dr Saraki “rejected” the pension only after strident criticisms
    on social media, hence he could not have “rejected” it, on his own “free volition”
    and he would most probably have continued taking it, had there not been an
    outcry. Secondly, He should have
    returned the monies collected with interest. Thirdly, It should be noted that in “returning”
    the pensions collected, he has still not renounced his “legal rights” to a pension
    that he immorally set for himself, thus making him one of the few employees in
    the world with the power to set their own salaries and pensions , without reference
    to, and at the pain and discomfort of, their employers – the people of Kwara State.
    Fourthly, and the legal minds could help here, I am not too sure of how legal
    the “Kwara State Pension Laws” are, especially in the face of the
    Constitutional stipulation that the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission
    should be responsible for setting the salaries of politicians and some other
    appointed officials. Even if it were
    legal, according to Saraki’s own laws, it offends the law of natural justice
    and public morality for Saraki to orchestrate the setting of his own salaries
    and pensions simply because he has the power to do so. It is called the abuse
    of power. Fifthly, the fact that some other Governors have looted, or are
    looting, is no excuse for Dr Saraki to loot. Hence, there can never, and should
    never, be any applause for a “penitent” looter,
    and I hope he returns the other monetised and non-monetised benefits too – like
    the houses, cars, medical bills etc. Finally, one wonders what the business of
    the Secretary to the Kwara State Government
    (Isiaka Gold) is, doing PR work for Saraki? I can only hope that this is not the proverbial
    case of “cunny man die , cunny man bury am”, as we say in Nigeria?

  • princegab

    Saraki dey smell

  • Ola Bakre

    Ue is second maradona
    Evils genius
    He is preparing for 2019
    If he won The country will goes Bankfrupt

  • Rumournaire

    Kwara State governor Abdulfattah Ahmed is a stooge of Saraki and has been part of Saraki’s looting machine. Between them, each month, they help themselves big time to the state’s Federal allocation. This statement from the state government is a lie – Saraki has not refunded anything.

  • Abdul

    Can it be proved that it was returned

  • Curtx Maccido

    But Mr. Gold said Mr. Saraki, on his own volition, considered the morality of the situation in which the pension would put him since he is still a serving senator and “chose to abandon his legal rights.”…..this mr. gold must be a dumber, what’s legal right? saraki can’t be pension-able by taking up senatorial seat after governor tenure. Why do we have so many fools/idiots as public servant in this country?

  • Adekunle Akindude

    Listen people he said the money was reshuffled with the money owed him as refunds What is Saraki selling to the government of Kwara state? There was no physical refund of money by Saraki but a deduction of anticipated money owed him This people must think Nigerians are fools Why are they enacting laws to pay a public servant pension after only 8 years of service?Tell me a country in the world where you get pension for 8 years work? None zero nada kosi