…laments virtually empty treasury
Chris Steven, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari Monday asked the media to assist his administration in educating Nigerians before they run out of patience as they countdown to his 100 days in office.
This was as he lamented that he met “virtually empty treasury”, saying it is a disgrace that Nigerian workers could not be paid their salaries.
The President, who met with members of the State House Press Corps on his first official day at the Presidential Villa, also decried the present situation where most States and some federal government agencies could not pay workers salaries.
According to him, Nigeria should be in a position to pay its workers but for mismanagement of the economy with debts running into millions of Dollars.
“I hope we are starting on a good note but this culture of first 100 days in office is bringing so much pressure with treasury virtually empty, with debts in millions of dollars, with state workers and even federal workers not paid their salaries.
“This is such a disgrace for Nigeria. I think Nigeria should be in a position to even pay its workers.
“This bad management that we find ourselves in, we really need your help to protect us from people before they match on us,” he appealed.
He therefore, sought the cooperation of the press corps and media in general for the success of his administration.
Buhari said to ensure proper interface between his office and the press corps, he had engaged two of the best Presidents of the Guild of Editors and respected journalists to be his spokesmen.
According to him, “It is not by accident that I got the best of you to be the Special Adviser, one of the 15 aides, I had to get clearance from the Senate.
“He (Femi Adesina) is one of the best Presidents of the Guild of Editors that I can have as Special Adviser. I brought one of the best of you so that he can consistently defend me against you.
“Whether my job is a difficult one or easy it is up to him, but I’m here to thank you in advance for what good and ill you are going to do to me.
“I have to quickly come and see you and welcome you to this place. I hope what happened of recent between the former President (Jonathan) and one of you (the withdrawal of the accreditation of the Radio Germany reporter) will not happen between me and you,” President Buhari said.
Earlier, chairman of the State House Press Corps, Mr. Kehinde Amodu had commended the President for deeming it fit to meet with members of the Corps, assuring him of support throughout his tenure.