President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday described as disgraceful that two-thirds of state governments can’t pay workers’ salaries.
He also vowed to leave no stone unturned to rid Nigeria of fraud and corruption.
The President told State House workers who gathered at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to welcome him back from his vacation; that those who take whatever does not belong to them will be made to face prosecution.
He said: “27 out of the 36 states cannot pay salaries. This is a disgrace to Nigeria. It is a disgrace up till now that most of the states cannot pay salaries. What happened to all we have gotten over the years? We look up and down, left, right and centre, what have we saved? There was nothing because we developed a consumption culture that we were not supposed to develop. Most of your colleagues that have left service, I doubt if they are getting benefits. That is the situation we find ourselves in.”
Noting that the military had made remarkable improvement against insurgency in the northeast, he observed that militants in the Niger Delta are bent on destroying oil installations.
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