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Buhari in closed-door meeting with Nigerian Govs



President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday held a closed door meeting with the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) at the Council Chambers, Aso Rock, Abuja.

The agenda for the meeting, though not originally known, was later revealed to be connected to the Paris/London bailout funds which state governors were demanding to pay workers’ salaries.

The Federal Government had recently stated that it was planning to extend a third bailout to the states to assist them pay salaries.

Governors at the meeting confirmed that the president had directed that 50  per cent of the Paris Club refund be paid to the governors.

Arising from this, states’ helmsmen also declared that they would pay salaries subject to the receipt of the Paris Club refund as promised by the federal government.

A later information released by the Presidency on its twitter handle, disclosed that President Buhari during the closed-door meeting directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma; and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to ensure that the outstanding Paris and London Clubs refunds were paid to the governors before the end of the year.

“President @ MBuhari has directed the Ministers of @ FinMinNigeria and Budget & National Planning and Governor @ cenbank to commence negotiations with the Governors Forum to enable payment of outstanding Paris & London Club refunds, before the end of the year,” the Presidency tweeted.


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  1. Inieke Akpan Ekuma

    November 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    419 visit to Buhari using Nigerian civil servant. The president should be wise

  2. Solomon Afolayan

    November 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm


    November 28, 2017 at 4:43 am

    How many times will they be paying them Paris club funds of which we don’t see the meaningful things they do with the funds?

    • seyi jelili

      November 28, 2017 at 5:30 am

      Let it be that the federal government fulfilled their part

      • yanju omotodun

        November 28, 2017 at 5:53 am

        Fulfilling what nonsense part when the funds are not accountable

  4. Balarabe musa

    November 28, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Democracy tolerates so much nonsense sometimes, if it were to be in the days of military, by now fani kayode would have been in the grave or prison for defamation of character but freedom of speech is making him saying nonsense.

    • Abeni Adebisi

      November 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

      Ye its is, but not by over-pampering the governors. I call this over-pampering, it makes absolutely no sense at all to be spoon feeding the governors that are expected to use their brains to make their states better

  5. Anita Kingsley

    November 28, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Buhari is doing his best to keep the country together in one piece, I hope the governors will be reasonable to pass this kind gestures down to the grass root

  6. Animashaun Ayodeji

    November 28, 2017 at 5:58 am

    It seems these governors are sick! The federal government has been bailing out the states for almost two years now, what is now the essence of these states? If they cannot use their brain to generate funds that will further develop their states, then, all the governors are not fit to rule

    • Abeni Adebisi

      November 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

      It even appears Buhari is comfortable giving them money than encouraging them to work on generating funds for their states.

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