President Muhammadu Buhari said on June 22 that Nigeria's "treasury is virtually empty" and lamented that workers across the country were owed backlog of salaries.
According to The Nation, the country head disclosed this during the meeting with the State House correspondents.
"I hope we are starting gradually. Treasury is virtually empty and debts running into millions of dollars. The fact that state workers and even federal workers have not been paid their salaries 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."
Regarding the appointment of Femi Adesina as his adviser, Buhari said:
"It is not by accident that I got the best of you to be the special adviser. He is one of the 15 aides I had to get clearance from the Senate to appoint. I brought one of the best of you so that he can consistently defend me against you.
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"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 will not happen between me and you."
Meanwhile, Adesina has commented on the recent reports about Buhari allegedly planning to remove oil subsidy following the recommendations of the transition committee. The official said:
"Those reports have not come out of the president’s office, so I cannot confirm them."
President Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, have finally moved to Aso Rock, three weeks after the inauguration. Sources allege that the next step would be the announcement of the ministerial list.