SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday decried the way the Paris Club Refund was spent by some state governors, stating that he is “living with the problems of this country day-by-day, and mostly those of the ordinary people”.
This was as he frowned at the inability of the affected state governments to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers with the payment of the refund
Speaking when he met with members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers at the new Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja,
“We have to digress this much because I would like to convince you that I’m living with the problems of this country day-by-day, and mostly those of the ordinary people.
“There are Nigerians that haven’t been paid for six months; there are Nigerians that have not been paid their retirement benefits for years.
“I’m appealing to the governors, (that was why we voted money, we borrowed money), please make sure anybody under you, pay them because most of them depend on that salary to pay rent, school fees,’’ he said.
The President pledged that his administration would continue to do its best in executing developmental projects to uplift the standard of living of all Nigerians irrespective of their geo-political backgrounds.
Pledging to continue pursuing programmes and projects that will better the lives of Nigerians in all spheres of life, he stated that Nigeria should be able to use its population strength of being the biggest black nation in the world to its advantage.
On the state of security in the country, Buhari stated that all hands are on deck to completely secure Nigeria so as to develop it further.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, while thanking God for bringing the President back in sound health, urged him to tighten his belt and take on the mantle of leadership.
“We will continue to preach peace and stability, justice, transpar ency and accountability and anti-corruption,” he said.