In little but noticeable ways, the much proclaimed CHANGE and anti-corruption stance of Mr. President and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the electioneering period, is beginning to show in the decisions and policies carried out by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government so far.
In a statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, which was conveyed to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Mr. Nebolisa Emodi, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo directed that they will only receive 50% of the salary paid to their predecessors. Mr. Emodi said in the letter with reference number PRES/81/SGF/17,
“I write to forward the completed IPPIS registration form of Mr. President and to draw your kind attention to Mr. President’s directive that only 50% of his salary be paid to him,”
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The current annual remuneration of the President of Nigeria as published by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) stands at N14, 058,820.00.
The reason for their decision to take a pay cut was not revealed. However, Mr. Garba Shehu said that the president was sending a clear message to Nigerians on the need to make sacrifices for the nation by his action.
He said having done that for himself, the President was expecting other political office holders and indeed all Nigerians to borrow a leaf from him. In his words,
“That voluntary action of the President is pregnant with meaning. It is a message of sacrifice for national development. Since the President has done this for himself, he is expecting that others will join him in making sacrifices for their fatherland.”
It should also be recalled that the president had on Wednesday rejected a move by the Federal Government to procure five new armored Mercedes Benz S-600 (V222) cars, worth about N400 million for his use as part of the efforts to beef up his security.