- The governors accused the presidential spokesperson to twisted the president's remark after their meeting with him
- Governor Abdulaziz Yari said the president's meeting with the governors was fruitful
Nigerian governors have accused the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina of spreading false information about their meeting with the president.
The governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) described as unfortunate reports that President Buhari expressed his displeasure with the governors over unpaid salaries in the states.
Speaking at the State House on Wednesday, October 18, the chairman if the NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, said the governors' meeting with President Buhari was "fruitful".
Yari said the president accepted all the requests made by the governors and asked them to present their cases upon his return from Turkey.
He said members of the forum have been briefed on the meeting with the president which its outcome has been "turned upside down".
Yari said: “We briefed the members about our meeting with Mr President yesterday (Tuesday), which I’m surprised some of you turned it upside down."
“You got the full briefing from me and then some of your people went and said they got from another source. I don’t know which source said the president is not happy with the governors. It is very unfortunate.
“The only thing Mr President said was that he, not being a technical person, we should wait for the minister of finance to return, and the chairman of the economic council to be around so that they can give him update and support on what he is going to say to us.
“So, he said we should reschedule this meeting. I think this is what I told the press yesterday but I wonder how they turned it around.
“Please, we have to be serious with our job. We are working for Nigeria; we are working for our country, working for our people so we shouldn’t misinform the public and should be guided with the things discussed," Yari said.
Onlinenigeria.com earlier reported that President Buhari had expressed worry over the inability of some state governors to pay salaries of workers in the state.
The president said he wondered how the governors expect workers to feed and take care of their families.
President Buhari also urged the governors to take payment of workers' salaries and pensions serious.