President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with the 36 governors of the federal republic of Nigeria to pay workers their salaries and pensions owed in their states.
The president made the appeal on Monday during a courtesy visit of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.
Buhari, while decried the way the Paris Club refund was spent by some state governors, said: “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.”
“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.”
He pointed out that the mismanagement of the national revenue over the years was responsible for the current economic challenges facing the nation.
The president assured 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 geopolitical backgrounds.