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Buhari Says Nigeria’s Treasury is Virtually Empty | Calls Situation a Disgrace

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday made a shocking revelation while meeting with members of the State House Press Corps in Aso Villa: Nigeria’s national treasury is virtually empty.

Here are excerpts from his remarks, as reported by Vanguard:

“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 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 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 and one of you (the withdrawal of the accreditation of the Radio Germany reporter) will not happen between me and you.

I hope we are starting and this culture of 100 days 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. It 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 march on us”, Buhari said.

61 Comments

  1. Tt

    June 23, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Oga ooo
    My mum called me yesterday to said whatever l have to her that salaries have not been paid for 3 months

    Reuben Abati n co, Diaris God o

    • nene+

      June 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Every discerning adult in Nigeria knew APC campaign promises where blatant falsehood.
      Now the reality stares at him and he switched to excuses.

      Publish the Statement and lets discuss.
      Don’t give bogus statement.

    • nnenne

      June 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Like promising school lunches and salary for unemployed youths. I was wondering how they would do that.

    • Nigerian info 99.3 ZOE

      June 23, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      This is to beg Zoe Chinaka to allow callers call in on hard fact.

      Its a hard fact not monologue yet Zoe talk and spare callers only 10 minute in an hour to call in. Sad.

      Chucks is the man for that job Zoe talks too much

      Other have called to complained but Zoe will ague that she has to break the news down. No people already know most. Dont you think peoplelisten to other radio station? read news paper too? Zoe please spare callers a minimum of 25 minutes its for them not yours. Or move to midnight talk as you have a pretty voice but a talkative for hard fact.

      Sorry i had to tell you on social media but please “changi” you talk toooooooooooooo much

    • mimi

      June 24, 2015 at 7:26 am

      There goes a human being engulfed in so much self bitterness … my dear, ease up ooo . all the comments you’v ever droped on BN is filled with violent insults and bitterness. always sounding like you can start a war withing your inner self . Jeez! there a ways to outburst your opinion without sounding so bitter. This has nothing to do with the post , btw, i am a huge GMB fan . just saying !

  2. nwa nna

    June 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Empty treasure comes as no surprise, Ngo baby madam head of finance under GEJ’s directives continued to borrow money from foreign lenders in order for the Nigerian government to keep functioning over the last several years as oil revenues plummeted due to drop in oil consumption globally. Nigeria did not hedge adequately against the drop in oil prices….
    GEJ and his cohorts virtually squandered away & embezzled whatever revenue were derived from the sale of crude oil. When you have an inept & weak individual as a leader it’s very easy for people around to take advantage of that fact.
    As a PMB supporter, it’s very imperative that the recurring expenditures for running the Nigerian government needs to been reduced drastically because it’s one of the main contributors to the treasury drain. Salaries across all government agencies needed to halved, and the plague of ghost workers needs to be addressed immediately.
    A new CBN governor with a strong economic background needs to be appointed immediately.
    PMB is forewarning Nigerian citizens that’s it’s going to be a bumpy ride, God bless Nigeria.
    For all you GEJ apologist, go jump into the lagoon or hug a transformer because no matter how you spin his story, he was perhaps one of the worst to lead Nigeria in recent times.

    • Reverse

      June 23, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Why so bitter? Buhari apologists are the only ones who won an election and are still threatening and swearing to high heavens! Why so angry? You’ve got the goose, stop the whining! GEJ this GEJ that.. your comrades have gone as far as declaring his son dead on twitter! See your senators fighting over senate leadership, governors asking party chairman to resign. Bunch of bitter and angry people that electoral victory could not heal… Your campaign of propaganda is fast running out so tell Buhari, our travelling president to get to work!

    • nnenne

      June 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      @ near nna…People like you push me to come out in defense of GEJ.
      APC, the messiah, is here now. History will judge.

  3. A Real Nigerian

    June 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    The clueless Otuoke drunkard who called himself a President, his ignorant and wayward wife, obnoxious Okonjo, Oritsejafor, and that arrogant criminal called Madueke have hoarded all the money for themselves and spent it on a failed re-election campaign, why won’t it be empty?
    This country has a long, dark and hard journey ahead.

    • No Mercy

      June 23, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      You have brought your mannerless self here. Everyone is making their statements but you? You are so violent. Swear words. Did anyone not teach you healthy debate among you peer?

    • kikiki

      June 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      @Real Nigeria has been caught escaping yaba left kikikikiki
      He has been tied down and readmitted in the psychiatric emergency ward
      Haba PDP stole ,APC prayed

    • Finest

      June 23, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      lol @Yaba left. Real Nigerian is constituting a nuisance everywhere. What a joke. Only you fighting left, right, centre. Truly na Yaba left get you. Whatever happened in your childhood to cause so much bitterness?

    • A Real Nigerian

      June 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      What is this lame “kikikiki” nonsense you keep doing?
      Since no one has told you before, here you go: You and your stupid jokes are not funny.
      *
      And as for the other one, what bitterness? I am a happy and fulfilled person.

    • Misty

      June 24, 2015 at 12:20 am

      @A Real. Nigerian, Fulfilled? Happy? Hnm, are you SURE?

    • Haba

      June 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Haba @ A Real Nigerian, calling the former first lady wayward. Do you know the meaning of that word? I take it you speak to your own mother like that. She might be guilty of being wayward too. because l do not see how you cannot restrain yourself. This is crossing the line.

    • A Real Nigerian

      June 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      *yaawwwn*
      If this was an attempt to provoke an emotional response from me, I’m sorry to inform you that you have failed.

    • Goke

      June 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      A Real Nigerian.
      You are truly a vile creature. I pray I never meet you or your like.
      Your comments are so full of ugliness and sometimes I want to Hope you’re just trying to stir up trouble through anonymity and you’re not really like this. But then again…you’re consistent with your hatefulness….so…please feel better soon…because something is really, really wrong with your psyche.

    • nnenne

      June 23, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      @ A Real Nigerian….Cry no more. APC is now the ruling party. We will talk in 4 years.

  4. APC BY DAY PDP BY NIGHT

    June 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Before nko? Is dat not why we voted you in? Tell us something new.. The last regime was not made up of only one party. We have voted the bad guys out. Bring on the change Paaaapa not excuses.

  5. Mewe

    June 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    This man obviously has no plans! Shei the treasury is empty, where did he get money running into millions of dollars to give joint tax force on BH, his plenty waka nko, his refurbishment of Aso rock nko…. but treasury is empty! Release all the info with proper breakdown and let us judge for ourselves! Confuse those that buy your propaganda nonsense! All you’re good at is highlighting problems… People voted for change yet it’s one story after the other, nothing moving, no economic direction nothing! Just more propaganda! Show us the books and get to work…

  6. Warizdiz

    June 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    What a watery and badly worded statement from a President.

    Anyways, l want to believe you are capable of Change as you have promised. A promise is a debt. GoodLuck.

  7. or

    June 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    When Buhari was cruising round the states doing a first class campaign,wearing different attires ,branding APC on buses,eyeglasses,gift items he didn’t know monies were being spent?

    When Rochas Okorocha gave him a classy bus to campaign he didnt know several civil servants has been deprived ?

    When Ameachi gave you Rivers State monies,you didn’t reject it.

    Aregbesola gave you, you didn’t turn him down .

    In Lagos you where lodged in the best hotel you didnt bath an eye lid so why cry now???
    Your entire crew traveled to London , I saw your expensive coat and Burberry muffler and it suit you then so why cry now??

    Lagos owe about 35% of the entire sum owed by the Federal Govt.

    Buhari the empty treasury attributed to APC states was emptied for you!!!

    • 1900

      June 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      How can you compare campaign money spent in a course of (3-4 months-Buhari really kicked off his campaign in Dec.2014) to a what has been squandered by incompetent Goodluck in 6 years? And did you forget that Goodluck postpone the elections for another 6 wks adding to the cost of campaign for Buhari?
      Running for any political will cost money period!
      Your argument here has no comparative basis!

    • Hmmmm

      June 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      In other words, the Nigerian treasury account was emptied by APC to support Buhari’s campaign right? I like how educated some Nigerians sound.

    • A Real Nigerian

      June 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      What a nescient, ill-informed, muddy-minded individual you are.
      You can’t read or your bias didn’t let you see “national treasury”?
      Who is talking about APC states bah blah treasury here?
      Even if you want to talk about campaigning, can you compare the amount of money spent by the PDP to that of APC?
      The immense corruption, ineptitude and incompetence associated with Jonathan’s dark reign as president IS the reason for the empty treasury, not all the gibberish you’ve stated above.

    • nene+

      June 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Amazed at NIgerians who call Nyesom Wike names for saying he met empty treasury because they have to protect their dear APC Amaechi. Same set of people want to roast Jonathan.

      This bickering will last for too long as people are not objective.
      Reprimand where necessary as that is maturity than support evil.

      I will not come here to say ALL OUTGOING GOVERNMENT DO NOT LOOT APC, PDP ,APGA name it.

      Dont come here to cry wolf on PDP Federal govt Buhari is just too good at excuses even tho he knew oil price had nosedived,his team promised Heaven on Earth.

      @real Nigerian As for the expensive campaign of APC, PDP was merely struggling to match them.

      Where you in Lagos? or any state capital? Bill Boards,Chatham House
      Did you watch their advert on TV or Radio?
      Please stop all these obvious lies. APC had a rich campaign.

    • lol

      June 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      haha i like this guy @the real nigerian….his such a fool!! lool…fools gives me jokes actually

  8. bruno FIERCE

    June 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    buhari u are complaining too much and I do not like it.

    complaining everyday, pls we already know nigeria is a hot mess thats why u were elected to clean the mess up.
    pls stop whining like a little b!tch and get the job done.
    #fierce-talk-from-bruno

    • cee

      June 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

      My point exactly…he is complaining too much…he shld just shut it nd get to work mbok…if everything was goin well we wouldn’t hv voted GEJ out of power so dis is not news to us…jus get to work already.

  9. prince

    June 23, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    This is where GEJ has brought us to. A nation like ours unable to pay its workers. ‘BIG DISGRACE’. I kept wondering if that liar GEJ had won the election, what would have bn our fate. the lied to us all these years, take us for granted, spat on our faces. I foresee a revolution

    • No Mercy

      June 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Yes o. A revolution to sweep out Buhari and his fellow dullards. Let the army come back.
      You must be very stupid. Nigerians are too docile. Among the loudest noise makers here, whether APC supporters or PDP supporters are children of LG Councillors, Senators, MH of Rep. Director this, director that. Board members etc so, you think only GEJ caused all this nonsense? Then you are very daft like that vile real nigerain spitting out crap.

    • kikiki

      June 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      @Prince blame your Governor Aregbesola for once and let devil be ashamed.
      You are so dodgy. Is GEJ the governor of Osun state? kikikikikiki

  10. polypoly

    June 23, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Oga Buhari pls do work and stop being a chatty patty biko….we knew the state affairs were a mess that’s why you were voted in…..abi ko lo change since then???

  11. Teacher

    June 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Sir please dust your sit and get into your job.
    Your excuses are too much for a century!

  12. Tired of the deceit

    June 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    @or tell dem. Buhari is shameless and dishonest. Where does he think the campaign funds came from? APC is just as bad as PDP. I am tired of dealing with ignorant people who swallow the APC holier than thou bullshit. OSinbajo says he is a pastor, yet he follows in telling half truths. It is amazing that nigeria is still standing after that expensive campaign. A leader who truly belong to no one but everybody will always tell the truth. APC is just as guilty as PDP.

  13. 1900

    June 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    How can you compare campaign money spent in a course of (3-4 months-Buhari really kicked off his campaign in Dec.2014) to a what has been squandered by incompetent Goodluck in 6 years? And did you forget that Goodluck postpone the elections for another 6 wks adding to the cost of campaign for Buhari?
    Running for any political will cost money period!
    Your argument here has no comparative basis!

    • nnenne

      June 23, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      @1900… The campaigns are over. The election has been conducted. Saint Buhari , the change, is sworn into office.
      Why are we still calling GEJ ?

  14. Ola

    June 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Hmmm my people my people …. Mouth has started changing so fast ? ?

  15. jenniferAk

    June 23, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    And where was the 8.7billion naira supposed to come from.. @or you spoke right most of this states that have not paid workers their salary.. are the APC states.. they have finished our money Campaigning for elections..
    Goodluck looted Nigerians Account..
    Allison Madueke with all the money she Embezzled is treating BREAST CANCER..
    IN ONE WORD VANITY UPON VANITY ALL IS VANITY..

  16. Lol

    June 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    why are you guys saying he is lazy. I like honesty I need to know what’s going on. So at least the you guys can’t claim him ole cause the ain’t shit to steal. Nigerians you finally have someone here to keep you informed and not lie and you can’t take. Truth shall set us free.

  17. mrs chidukane

    June 23, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Na wa oh. This love for GEJ is real or people hate buhari that much. My state has always been a pdp state and it’s a mess. The past Governor did not do ANYTHING. Yes Buhari promised change, why are we tearing him down as if when Nigeria gets better we all won’t enjoy it? It doesn’t speak well of us at all. When GEJ came in, most people supported him. He rode on a lot of goodwill until he destroyed it with his fumbling and the bad people around him. Why is it so difficult to accept that GEJ was a flop? I guess people don’t just like hearing the truth. GEJ flopped, very badly. The person asking where Buhari got money to give the Army must not have heard about the foreign donation towards fighting Boko haram. You PDP people need to stop idolizing GEJ, he doesn’t deserve it at all.

    • Punch

      June 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      @Mrs Chidukane the monies America promised is not here yet when they haven’t seen whether Buhari want to preside or not.

      You idolize Buhari,others have right to praise GEJ dont you get it?

      Buhari won election March 28,Became president May 29th,Resumed June 22nd up till now no cabinet and you say we should be celebrating?

    • mrs chidukane

      June 23, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      @Punch, and how do you know the money isn’t here yet and the reasons why it isn’t ? And even if it isn’t, i’m sure you have heard of scale of preference? I don’t idolize Buhari. I voted him because I couldn’t imagine what Nigeria would come to if GEJ continues. Sometimes I think I’m the only one affected by the mess GEJ made. How does ministerial appointment make Nigeria better? Anyway, there’s no point talking. I wonder how many states have appointed commissioners.

    • Ruler

      June 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Stop it mrs. This is Not your husbands house. So respect yourself.

      Now to answer that idiotic question you just asked. PDP as a party was not clean but the APC is even dirtier. I am from rivers. Since Amaechi moved over to APC, he stopped working. Go to rivers state. Lagos this, Lagos that. Fashola is just as guilty as the rest thieves. Lagos could have been better. When Tinubu will not let him rest, he joined and started stealing too. I SAY LAGOS COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. Oshiomole spends Edo state money on India prostitutes before he married. Aregbesola cannot pay salaries. In some households, both parents are civil servants. Wetin? Yet Aregbesola can sleep at night. His son blows money like crazy.

      We are not saying the PDP Gov’s or GEJ are saints. But BUhari is deceitful. If he is honest, for a man who borrowed N27 million for his nomination form why did he not question the source of his campaign funds? He is too old for this job. If APC mean business, are you saying in the whole APC they could not find anybody younger and intelligent? Buhari is too old, therefore nothing nothing go happen.

      According to Sahara reporters, one Lasun (nothing honorable about him) from Osun state is the one spear heading the fight against legislators allowances. That is APC for you.

      If honest change will happen, it is not by Buhari. The man is a lame duck. Dishonest like the rest of them. Show me your friends and l will tell you who you are. Buhari cannot claim to be the only saint in a committee of thieves.

    • True That

      June 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Now what has she said that you include her husbands house?

      Why are so many women not cultured & quite mannerless like this ehn? A lady stated her opinion, at no point did she use an abusive word and you tell her she isn’t in her husbands house??

      You had better not be in your husbands house with the “USELESS EPISTLE” you wrote up there.

      Non sense their body just go dey hot on faceless forum!!

    • No Mercy

      June 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      @True that so, now you have made sense in your small brain okwaya? How are you different from Ruler. My friend park well you hypocrite using lantern in the afternoon to find what is not lost.

  18. olly

    June 23, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Its pretty disappointing how our so called educated Nigerians reason or comment on public issue most times. i am always at a lost when perceive sentiment in our arguments,instead of placing or argument forward with silent point if not fact and figures, so sad! how could someone be in support of GEJ despite the state of Nigerian economics? GEJ supports, i have few questions for you, are you satisfy with your economic status? are you ok with epileptic power supply currently being experienced in our country? have u ever left this country for western world? do proffer poverty to comfortable life? if yes, the you are absolutely right to support GEJ. Those that have ruled this country in the past may not have done so much to the upliftment of this country bt that does not justify his dishonest government while taken us into a dark age. How many significant ,life changing projects did his fed govt started and completed, yet our treasury is empty his nominated ministers has stealing our money , yet no action from our then president. he turned EFCC to paper tiger, etc Some call Buhari a dishonest person just because he accepted some campaign money , u criticized him in hw many days to his administration, yet 6yr wasnt enough for GEJ. Hw can some say “Lagos owe about 35% of the entire sum owed by the Federal Govt. “….wow! i guess state and fed govt now share same treasury. i am not saying Buhari is the messiah, wht needed change, we achieved it , if this govt fail us, we vote him out just as we did to his predecessor, let them know we still know our right

    • or

      June 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      @Olly, I will respond to you when you learn to simply calculate when Jonathan came into power.

      Yaradua died in 2010 and Jonathan was a president only after Yaraduas death,how did you arrive at 6 years? ???

    • [email protected]

      June 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Be sorry for yourself and your household. Is GEJ the only one that stole?. Yes, he stole hang him. But bring Amaechi, Tifnubu, Aregbesola, current Emir of Kano, El Rufai that stole Abuja blind. Revoking CoO and rewawarding peoples lands to his wives and concubines. Is it Saraki? The biggest pension theif ever.

      We are not happy with the state nigeria is in but let no one come here and “clean up my plate of stew with Agege bread” (translate in English if you can) We are too wise for selective blame game. Buhari should tell the truth. Nigeria is broke becos everybody in authority in Govt misbehaved. Period.

    • Queen Elizabeth

      June 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

      You have murdered the English Language. I hail You!!!!…..

    • Iyawokekere

      June 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Don’t be daft! Oueen Eliza of Onipanu!!

      Can’t you read she was being sarcastic? That is Yoruba for saying don’t come here and deceive me aka Ma fi breadi ko mi lomi obe je.

  19. Missy J

    June 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Hahahahaha Its feels so good being on the winning side. Next four years is gonna be rough for some people(Hope they don’t drink Otapiapia before this year runs out sha..)
    Please if you can’t stand Pres. Buhari biko leave to Togo or Cotonou cause really your opinions at this stage aren’t needed and Buhari can’t see your casting from Aso Rock.
    Pres. Buhari: Ride on, we the majority still have your back.
    #Important News: Cech has left Chelsea for Arsenal *cryinnnngggg*

    • James's Babe

      June 23, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Missy J. You should be praying that your APC people do not do to Buhari what was done to Abacha. How can he fight corruption knowing how he came to office? Say your bit and keep it walking. Nobody will drink poison for anybody or hug transformer you lack intelligence to argue. Gullible Buhari worshipper my friend park well.

    • Queen Elizabeth

      June 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

      This comment right here is Bae… #you lack intelligence to argue.

    • IrisT

      June 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      And ur stupid one liners make sense? My friend park well. You think this forum is for those who can’t pass JAMBE like you? Come back in four years.

    • Ada Nnewi

      June 24, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Lmao!!! I can donate money to help them buy correct otapiapia!…btw how can cech do that?! *seriously wailing*…Missy J you’re a chelsea fan as well? *swoons* i’m sure we were bff’s in another life…

    • kikiki

      June 24, 2015 at 8:48 am

      @Ada are you still have airtime?kikikikiki
      You want to buy otapiapia with your money to kill GEJ supporters? chai
      APC you see your supporter?
      They are not just aristos, gays,homosexuals, violent but murderers,
      APC see your life!
      The most bitter,insultive comments are from APC even though they won they fight. kikikikikiikiki i have reported you all to IG Arase. kikikikikikikikiki
      All ada customers be careful kikikikikikikikiki

    • Misty

      June 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Are you back from Yaba left? I hope all is now well.

    • Misty

      June 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      @Ada Nnewi, Are you back from Yaba left? I hope all is now well.

  20. Anonymous

    June 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    This bad management that we find ourselves in, we really need your help to protect us from people before they march on us.

  21. Peaches77

    June 24, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    When will we ‘learn to say our bit and keep it moving’? Do not kill yourselves for all of them because the true leaders aren’t here yet.

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