- President Buhari has bowed to pressure from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum over the executive order 10 pronouncement
- The state governors, under the NGF platform, had kicked at provisions of the order, describing it as an unnecessary move
- The order, which was announced by the president on Friday, May 22, granted financial autonomy to state assemblies and judiciary
Following the concerns of Nigerian governors who kicked against the executive order 10, President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to stop the implementation pending the time they are sorted out.
This was disclosed by Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti state governor and chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Monday, June 8, after a meeting with the president's representatives.
Recall that President Buhari granted the autonomy on Friday, May 22, which mandated the state governors to always include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.
According to a report contained in The Nation, the federal government at a meeting organized by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the president's chief of staff, between representatives of the NGF, led by its chairman, said the gazetting of the order would be delayed.
Fayemi went on to note that the Nigerian leader agreed that the implementation would be delayed after listening to the concerns of the governors about the executive order.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that in what is apparently indicative of a counter-move, governors have raised dust against the executive order 10 granting financial autonomy to the state legislatures and the judiciary.
The governors, who met under the aegis of NGF rejected the president's order and described it as an unnecessary distraction which is against section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution.
The chairman of the governors' forum, Governor Fayemi, reportedly took the order to the president and the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami.
In other news, President Buhari has signed an amendment to the Executive Order 008 of 2018 on Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularisation Scheme.
The executive order gives all individuals who have defaulted in the declaration of their overseas assets the opportunity to voluntarily declare and pay appropriate levies.
According to a statement released on Thursday, May 21, by Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the media aide to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), President Buhari signed the amendment on Wednesday, May 20.
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