Nigerians should trust Buhari with $1 billion to fight Boko Haram – Masari

President Buhari with APC Governors

The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has said that the controversy generated over the decision of Nigeria’s 36 governors to allow the federal government use $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency is unnecessary.

Mr. Masari stated this on Monday in Tahoua, Niger Republic, while speaking with State House correspondents.

He said going by the antecedents of President Muhammadu Buhari, it is not possible for the money to be diverted.

“People may be remembering that during the last administration when excess crude money was given to members of the armed forces to procure arms and ammunition, the money ended up in the pocket of some highly placed individuals.

“First of all, the money that we are giving is not up to half of what was given earlier, but we know now that with the current president it is impossible for anybody to divert this money except for what it is earmarked for,” he said.

He also said it is important not to lose sight of the dangers posed by insecurity, which, he said, is “everybody’s business.”

“It is very important for us to appreciate security is everybody’s business and we need to fight this situation head on.

“One billion dollars is not much for security. If we have more, we can give more to make sure that the country is well secured,” he said.

The Katsina Governor represented President Buhari as head of a four person delegation at an event to commemorate the 59th anniversary of the country’s attainment of Republican status.

Those in the delegation include the governor of Borno, Kashim Shettima; the governor of Yobe, Ibrahim Geidam; and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadijah Ibrahim.

Nigerian governors last week announced the decision to approve the money at the end of the meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC, which held in Abuja.

However, one of their colleagues, the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, expressed the fear that the money may be diverted for political purposes ahead of the 2019 election.

Mr. Masari, however, said those expressing the fear may be doing so because of what happened in the past. He however, assured that Mr. Buhari cannot allow that to happen.

The Katsina governor also confirmed that most states have received the balance of the Paris Club loan refund from the federal government.

He also assured that all civil servants will be paid their entire entitlements before the end of the year as promised.

The governors two weeks ago met with the president and requested for the release of the money.

While assuring them of the release, Mr. Buhari asked the governors to ensure that they clear liabilities of salaries and pensions in their states before Christmas.

Mr. Masari on Monday said “ by Christmas, everybody will be able to get his salary and whatever allowances are outstanding especially in the area of pension and gratuity.”

He said in his own case, he has already paid civil servants their salaries to date.

He also said the state government has “sufficient funds to settle all our pension and gratuity liabilities. We have the money, it is in the bank and I believe other states also have.

“No state can have any excuse not to pay before Christmas, in fact celebrations have already started. It is my hope and prayers that all that have gotten the money have paid their workers, both salaries, allowances, pension and gratuity.”

On the trip to Niger Republic, the Katsina governor said the Nigerien leader and the people of the country had shown their appreciation to the efforts being made by Mr. Buhari with regards to the progress and unity of the West African sub region and Africa as a whole.

“It has been demonstrated, Nigeria has been appreciated and collectively, we believe the sub-Saharan Africa, especially this part, will unite and achieve two major issues: one, to conquer insurgency and also to improve the quality of life through economic activities. I think these two things are key for the region to move forward,” he said.

Military might, Culture on display

Although Niger Republic acquired independence in 1960, the country had two years earlier, on December 18, 1958, been declared as a republic.

To this end, authorities in the country have been celebrating the day annually in different states of the country.

During this years’s event, which held in the state of Tahoua, guests were treated to military parade, display of military hardware and cultural procession.

President Muhammadu Issoufou also gave national honours to citizens at the event.

Apart from the host president, the occasion was witnessed by the President of Chad, Idris Derby; that of Burkina Faso, Roch Kabore; Mali’s Ibrahim Keita as well as President Mohammed Abdelaziz of Mauritania.

Mr. Issoufou gave each of the visiting presidents and Mr. Buhari a gift of a camel and a horse each.


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  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Why should anyone trust a certificate forger and perjurer with $1b to fight a Boko Haram that he claims has been “technically defeated”?

  • SECESSIONIST Niger DELTAN

    “Royal Dutch Shell and the Italian multinational oil giant ENI have admitted to more than 550 oil spills in the Niger Delta last year, according to an Amnesty International analysis of the companies’ latest figures. By contrast, on average, there were only 10 spills a year across the whole of Europe between 1971 and 2011…..

    Shell reported 204 Niger Delta spills in 2014 while ENI, which operates in a smaller area, reported a staggering 349 spills.

    “These figures are seriously alarming. ENI has clearly lost control over its operations in the Niger Delta. And despite all its promises, Shell has made no progress on tackling oil spills,” said Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s Global Issues Director…In any other country, this would be a national emergency. In Nigeria it appears to be standard operating procedure for the oil industry. The human cost is horrific – people living with pollution every day of their lives.”

    —- www*DOT*amnesty*DOT*org




    …and
    1) Buhari’s government makes budget for new Presidential Jet to make the fleet 8 Presidential Jets.
    2) Seeks N1b to fight Boko Haram

    Whereas, not a single Dollar is budgeted for clean up of the oil spills that have made the Niger Delta hell to live in and a source of various cancers and respiratory diseases afflicting its inhabitants. It is all talk about milking the region and collecting the Petrol Dollars but the people and the environment are neglected as the evil regime of Buhari colludes with American, British and European oil companies to terrorize the people with environmental harzards year in year out. I call them environmental terrorists. Yes. That’s what they are. Our only hope now lies in the Niger Delta Avengers and other freedom fighters to give us a separate state.

  • Intrepid

    How can one trust a man who surrounds himself with corruptible individuals? A man who said Abacha stole no money. Has Buhari ever explain the 53 suitcases mystery, which happened during his junta?

    To hell with buhari!

  • Factsayer

    “He said going by the antecedents of President Muhammadu Buhari, it is not possible for the money to be diverted.”

    Sharap Masari!! Same Buhari was there snoring when Abba Kyari, Babachir and Co diverted money. Even when he was woken up , what did he do?

    Everyone knows that Buhari scored F9 in maths as a young person. An old Buhari cannot account for any money. He trust and depend on crooks that surround him for any utterance he makes.

    • Adele Uhuru

      No you missed the point – Buhari is an advocate and true believer in corruption – thievery by proxy – he did same for Abacha and now he has his school of thieves working tireless to enrich him and his kin

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Only the naive would trust a President who is 100% bigoted and controlled by a very corrupt cabal there in Aso-rock.

    THE 1 BILLION DOLLAR RAID ON THE TREASURY MAY NEVER BE ACCOUNTED FOR OR AUDITED BUT WE KNOW THAT THE MONEY IS TO BOOST THE CAMPAIGN FUNDS OF THIS FAILED ADMINISTRATION .

    IT IS THEREFORE VITAL THAT THE ELECTORATE VOTE OUT BUHARI COME 2019 . THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THIS MONEY CAN BE ACCOUNTED FOR.

  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    1 billions dolls at official rate is 370 bn naira, enough to go around the 36 states and FCT 10 bn each. If such a colossal amount is to be taken off the ECA then it must be invested holistically on the federation and not just the North East region. Kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal vices afflicting other regions need urgent action too. This is what the buffoon governors should have proposed to Buhari as an alternative but being greedy and cowardly yes men they couldn’t.

    • Adele Uhuru

      But how come a minority becomes a majority- looking at the picture above you can only see 14 state governors and the article released by the presidency makes emphasis that it was approved by the entire 36 state governors whilst they only have 14 in the picture hence the question how can 14 governor vote on behalf of 22 governors that were not in attendance? It is only in “A part of Crooks (APC)” that up becomes down , 14 becomes a majority out of 36. These men are all crooks every single one of them

  • Adele Uhuru

    Desperate thieves and compromised men looking for a windfall on the back of Niger delta wealth