Buhari authorises release of more London-Paris refund money to governors

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President Muhammadu Buhari in his office

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to act with dispatch in releasing the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to the states in order to ease their financial hardships.

The president, who addressed the meeting of the National Economic Council made up of state governors and chaired by the Vice-President on Thursday in Abuja, however, made a strong case for settlement of unpaid salaries and pension liabilities of workers.

“I will not rest until I address those issues that affect our people. One of these basic things is the issue of salaries. It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, pay rent and school fees, then other things can follow,” he said, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

President Buhari, who went round the council chambers to greet the governors one after another, praised the unity of the Forum of State Governors. He thanked them for their display of “love and respect” to him.

The president said he was overwhelmed by his recent experience in which states, irrespective of political differences charged their citizens to pray in mosques and churches for his well-being, and apologised to governors for barring them from visits to him while he rested in London.

“I didn’t want government to move to London. I wanted it to remain here and I am glad it did,” he said.

After narrating what he went through while on that vacation, President Buhari noted the suggestion by the governors for him to add more rest, but insisted that he would remain relentless in the pursuit of the interest of the Nigerian people at all times.

This, according to him, was the only way to show his gratitude to the people who, he said, “had given so much to me. I was overwhelmed by the celebration of my return all across the country.”

The chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara State, assured the president, on behalf of his colleagues, that they will continue to support his policies and actions which they had adjudged as being in the nation’s best interest.

The governors of Imo, Akwa-Ibom, Osun and Abia States thanked President Buhari for saving the day for states through the first tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds while calling for the immediate release of the second one.

They also commended the trust the president reposed in the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, whom they said did not disappoint when he acted as president.


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  • Solomon Brown

    PMB may your health increase, and I pray the Almighty grant you more years for the job you’ve been elected to do. Might disagree with your politics but from a human standpoint, I wish you the very best. Carry on, but it is important you remember to carry everyone else along. Sanu da zuwa.

  • Oladele

    I hope this governors will just pay salaries and not waste the money.

  • Obaeze

    Well done Mr. President. As you release these funds, please follow it up with corresponding monitoring mechanism to check breaches…

    • Col. W. Mariam

      Come again sir. The bulk of the money will be used to pay his huge hospital bill in the UK. Ever wondered who was picking up the tabs for his medical jamboree? I mean, the man feels safer in the hands of foreign doctors and medical personnel. What does that say about our own healthcare system?

      • Baka

        Mr wailer. Keep wailing for that is your portion. You wish Buhari dead but God is more powerful than wicked and defeated cowards like you. You will go before Buhari and bitterness will b responsible for your dead. SHEGE.

  • Sarah

    Thank you PMB for authorising release of the funds and for reminding them to pay outstanding SALARIES.

  • Sword of Damocles

    Ironically, this issue is the main culprit for the “Magu Fiasco” that occurred yesterday. Mr Magu IS investigating these worthless thieves for diverting a part of the 1st tranche of the money. They tried to arrange a “quid pro quo” deal, he refused, and behold you have yesterday’s FARCE. what happens today? the 2nd tranche is released, so that these barawos can go HOGWILD stealing what belongs to the downtrodden. Boggles the mind, it does……

    • Harry

      stories that touch. Mere speculations. Magu should concern himself with the DSS reports for now and not listen to mere speculations.

  • Okokondem

    We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different outcomes. Regardless of what rules exist in the relationship between the Feds and the states, the Fed is encouraged to micro manage some functions of the states in order to achieve better outcomes. For instance, in situations where funds released by the Fed to the states specifically for payment of workers salaries and pensions often gets diverted for other nefarious activities or outright embezzlement.

    The fed may insist on exercising this function. Drastic situations require drastic measures. The fed may dispatch members of the NYSC, under the supervision of feds senior civil servants, to pay these salaries, salary arrears and pensions to deserving workers and pensioners. That’s is one way to avoid crooked governors stealing the salaries.

    • El Patron

      What you just described is largely unconstitutional unfortunately. The governors will receive this second tranche of Paris club refund and the money will go down the drain as usual. It is so sad

      • DanJ

        But the Governor’s have been doing same to the Local Government Councils.
        This rule of law mentality seems to be working against the masses. When Governor’s appoint care taker committees and avoid LG elections in order to perpetuate indirect rule we don’t remember rule of law.
        Has FG done same to them? Imagine if state election does not hold due to security situation and the FG appoints care taker committee (especially in opposition state like Rivers or Bayelsa) will the gang of Governors not complain?
        Be careful what you do to others before it is used as an excuse to apply same measure to you.

  • George

    Another this bedwetting man bribing the state governors not to move his removal motion.

    Yeye president

    • Baka

      I can see your agony of defeat. No shaking for buhari. PDP apologist, keep wailing

  • share Idea

    First time it was a bailout from NLNG payments, followed by second payment termed London-Paris refund, this time around it is second trench of London-Paris refund.

    Buhari please call a spade a spade – giving governors funds indirectly without letting Nigerians know that you’re sharing accrued reserve which you (your party) blamed last administration of squandering.

  • llama

    If the governors and their states cannot live within their allocation, then money is leaking somewhere. There is simply no accountability required of the states. Buhari is just bribing the governors to deliver their states to him during the 2019 elections. Why not use the moneys to carry out crucial federal projects – roads, bridges, electricity, water, etc… ?

  • JJ

    He seemed to be eager to releasing the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to the governors without finding out how the first tranche went. Hope the Mr. President is not acting under unnecessary emotion? I’ve actually lost confidence on the ability of PMB to govern. He just doesn’t seem to have what it takes.

    • Baka

      You never voted for him and will never ever like him. Hate him or like him, all is in his favour. He defeated you lord, Jonathan, sending you into endless lamentation.

      • JJ

        Believe me you did not give him as much supports as I did, even financially. Though, better than the buff0on that sold crude oil at $120 without a borehole in his village, PMB is still a big disappointment. Aisha has told us the plain truth, he’s not in charge of his government. He’s a mere scarecrow, not the general we thought. He doesn’t possess any of the attributes of his previous administration – meaning he was actually not in charge.

    • DanJ

      …..Emotion, misinformation, desperation, misunderstanding, insecurity, threat or blackmail.
      A Case Study!

  • musa aliyu

    I wish they will still not divert the funds for private use, as usual. Heartless people.

  • Adeloye Adedugbe

    Thank God for our loved President has the love and care of Nigeria works in mind. Sir what is happening to the ex works of Nitel and mtel, since 2010 to date our pension have not be paid. We are suffering and my are dead for not having money to take care of themselves and family. Pleas, SAVE OUR SOULS.

  • DanJ

    While it is rumoured that Magu is busy trying to recover some of the money apparently looted from the first tranche…..and, the same Magu has just been humiliated…… to rub insult to injury, more funds released as if to make Magu a laughing stock. Was there any report about the alleged loot of part of the first tranche? Has he read the report?
    The speed of approval for release of funds is amazing considering how other matters that require urgent attention have been kept in view.
    It may be easy to give up on our beloved Country but the struggle continues for eventually, justice will prevail.
    We are lost and find it difficult to distinguish hero from villian having been deceived too often by folks we thought heroes.

  • Harry

    More Amala and Gbegiri for the Governors to enjoy with family, cronies and concubines.

  • Bishop

    Instead of making so much noise about governors diverting the money, why don’t we grab our whistles?