President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of a second tranche of money said to be refund of London-Paris Club loan to governors. A presidency statement signed by Garba Shehu said the president directed Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, act on the order in order to “ease their (governors) financial hardships”.
President Buhari and the governors attended the National Economic Council, where he gave the directive, on Thursday.
“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,” Buhari reportedly said.
The statement said the president “went round the Council Chambers to greet the governors one after another, praised the unity of the Forum of State Governors. He thanked them profusely 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 apologized 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.