States' inability to pay salaries a national disgrace – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that it is a disgrace to Nigeria that most of the states cannot pay salaries up till now.
He said this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday while addressing State House workers who gathered at the forecourt of his office to welcome him from his recent vacation in London.
He said his administration discovered that all the monies made over the years were not saved because the country developed a wrong consumption culture.
“27 out of the 36 states couldn’t pay salaries. This is a disgrace to Nigeria. It is a disgrace up till now 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,” he said.
President Buhari said he also doubted whether retirees across the country were receiving their entitlements.
He said Nigeria had gone through a lot of changes over the past year, decrying that the nation had turned itself to a mono economy as most people threw away their farm and solid minerals equipment and rushed to the city to get oil money and enjoy.