ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined state Governors to pay outstanding salaries of workers and pensioners arrears in their respective state.
Addressing traditional rulers who visited him at the presidential villa on Monday, the President frowned at the situation where workers and pensioners are being owed for months despite the governors collecting Paris Club refunds.
The traditional rulers on the visit include the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad III, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi.
Buhari told his guests “There are Nigerians that haven’t be paid for six months. There are Nigerians that haven’t been paid their retirement benefits for years. I appeal to the governors; that is why we voted money, we borrowed money.
“Please, make sure (you pay) anybody under you. If he is working, he depends on the salary to pay rent, to hold his family, for education, health care…”
The President also appealed to the traditional rulers to “Please, continue to pacify your people, to tell them, please think of themselves and their neighbours and their states as all Nigerians.
” Let us continue to bear with your people,” he told the traditional leaders, among who were the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad III, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi.
“Those who stand for elections, we know our limitations. We have to continue to strengthen our constitution, to strengthen the resolve of our people. To live together, (and) to work together.”
Mr Buhari expressed satisfaction with the rainfall this year, saying “We were lucky last year and this year, the rainy season is even good. If it were not good, I will confide in you that I was deciding which country shall I run to.
“But God answered the prayers of many Nigerians. The rainy season last year was good and this year with the report I’m getting is good. We thank God for that otherwise there would have been a lot of problems in this country.
“I will like to convince you that I am living with the problems of this country day by day and, mostly, of ordinary people.”