Don’t Return Governors That Owe Salaries, Buhari Tells Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians not to re-elect governors who failed to pay civil servants’ salaries even after collecting bailouts from the federal government.

Mr Buhari, who is also seeking re-election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, advised Nigerians to vote competent persons into various elective positions.

Speaking on Hausa service of the Voice of America, VOA, which was aired Tuesday morning, Mr Buhari said he saw no justification in governors’ inability to pay workers’ salaries after collecting several bailout funds from the federal government.

The president was quoted as saying: “I wonder how these governors are able to sleep knowing that they have refused to pay workers their wages.

“These workers have families to cater for. They pay rent, pay school fees, hospital bills and food for their families.”

However, while noting that the Nigerian Constitution gives governors the independence to spend their funds without interference, Mr Buhari lamented how the governors abused that privilege by refusing to work for the people.

The president, therefore, advised Nigerians to use their voting rights to make sure that they only vote for people who would deliver.

On the fight against corruption being undertaken by his administration, the president said unlike before, he now uses democratic means.

He said being democratic in fighting corruption is slow but assured that the objectives will eventually be achieved.

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