President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday condemned the way the Paris Club Refund was spent by some state governors.
He said this at a meeting with members of the National Council of traditional rulers.
Buhari condemned the inability of the affected state governments to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers with the fund.
“We have to digress this much because I would like to convince you that I’m living with the problems of this country day-by-day, and mostly those of the ordinary people.
“There are Nigerians that haven’t been paid for six months; there are Nigerians that have not been paid their retirement benefits for years.
“I’m appealing to the governors, (that was why we voted money, we borrowed money), please make sure anybody under you, pay them because most of them depend on that salary to pay rent, school fees,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, said the traditional rulers were in the Presidential Villa to wish the President and the country well and to express their unflinching support for the administration.
The Sultan reassured that the traditional rulers would continue to pray for the good health of the president as well as peace and prosperity of the country.
He expressed the willingness of the traditional rulers to continue to partner with the government in the fight against corruption and other social vices in the country.