The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has denied report that President Muhammadu Buhari rebuked state governors over the management of Paris Club refunds released to the states.
In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by its Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Abdulrazaque Barkindo, the forum said while governors were doing their best to mitigate poverty, some elements were working hard to obliterate this effort.
It said that it was necessary to state the governors’ position because the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had “crashed into the false information and reacted to an erroneous publication’’.
According to it, the reports misunderstood the content of President Buhari’s statement to the nation’s traditional rulers when he met with them on Monday.
It stated that the NLC was being misled into a tirade on things that Buhari never said, adding that some persons were taking on the governors for selfish reasons.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there is nowhere in the president’s statement where he mentioned Paris Club and it is unfair for anyone to attempt to bring the state governors and the presidency on collision course.
“Moreover, there is so far, no investigation known to any governor on the Paris Club refunds regarding non-payment of salaries, talk less of any indictment.
“Furthermore, the Paris Club refund was not borrowed money but an over-deduction from states’ repayments of a loan which the Federal Government is repaying to states that were erroneously debited.’’
The forum said that it was not just saddening but painful that the NLC was being misinformed.