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RECESSION: President Buhari Owes Jonathan, Obasanjo 10-Month Allowance

The Muhammadu Buhari administration is yet to pay the allowance of ex Presidents and Heads of state for the last 10 months.

The Secretary General of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, said it was due to unavailability of funds for the service-wide votes for salaries of ex-presidents.

“There is a department responsible for the payment of former Presidents. Presently, funds are not available in service-wide vote to do that. We are aware there was a protest in Bayelsa State that the former President (Jonathan) was not paid and we have explained that he is not the only one affected.

“Others affected are the interreligious council, traditional rulers’ council and so on. For some reasons, we have been writing and writing but there has been no response. And there is presently no money to pay them.

“The budget for this year’s Democracy Day was N33m and we had to do it on credit; we have yet to pay. There are lots of retreats which ought to be organised but there’s no money to do any. The last time we got any release was in August.”

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