Posted by News Express | 18 August 2016 | 1,523 times
Malam Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, has denied allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari received pensions as a former Head of State even after taking office on May 29, 2015.
Shehu made the clarification on Wednesday through a statement released as a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, [email protected] on Wednesday.
He also debunked claims that Buhari got the statutory official cars normally given to heads of the Army.
He said: “The President has never received pension from the Army or cars as had gone to former Commanders-in-Chief. After his overthrow, they didn’t remember him even in the annual distribution of diaries or calendars.
“If anyone is laying his/her hand on any such payment, they should face criminal investigation.
“President Muhammadu Buhari stopped collecting allowances paid to former Heads of State the moment he took office as elected President last year. This is verifiable from the SGF’s office.
“Since his overthrow as military ruler, the Army never instituted a pension for him.
“The Army is known to supply cars to former heads of the Army. President Buhari never got any of that.
“On the other hand, there is a directorate in the SGF’s office paying allowances to all ex-Heads of State. This is not pension.
“President Buhari stopped collecting this from last year.
“The cars he got came from the former President (Goodluck Jonathan) through the ONSA. This was after the bomb attack on his convoy in Kaduna.
“Before this time, the Presidency did not supply cars to him as they did the formers Heads of State. Please be guided.” (Independent)
•Photo shows Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President
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