Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF),
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has denied the alleged disbursement of N243.8 billion from Paris Club refunds to states in August.
The NGF secretariat made an announcement in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by its Head of Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo.
The allegation, according to Bello-Barkindo, is a big lie and a figment of its author’s imagination.
He stated that the announcement making the rounds that a disbursement of N243.8bn to states would be made in the month of August caught the forum off guard.
“The NGF wishes to state unequivocally that nothing could be further from the truth, as this disbursement did not occur and could not have occurred because there are no further possibilities for it to occur now or in the future.
“The lie is emphasized even more by the fact that the announcer has remained anonymous and, for all intents and purposes, faceless.
“If it were true, and the announcer was confident in his facts, he would have owned the announcement in case anyone wanted to confirm the information.
“However, the faceless announcer of the phony disbursement appears to be completely unaware of, or even clueless about, how the Paris Club refunds came about.
“This ignorance is either a genuine lack of understanding of the process or a deliberate attempt to cause confusion in the land,” Bello-Barkindo said.
He went on to say that the Paris Club is not a reserve institution into which the federal government can dip its hands and distribute funds to states.
He stated that it was a cumulative overpayment of debts by states that was refunded.
Bello-Barkindo urged the rumour’s announcer to stop spreading malicious, mischievous, and false information to the Nigerian public, especially when money is involved.
He stated that such an act could jeopardize the nation’s stability, especially at a time when Nigeria’s finances are tight and security temperament is shaky.
“There are numerous ways to encourage the public to hold their leaders accountable, but stoking the embers of discord by disseminating false information does the states, governors, and citizens as a whole a disservice, if not a calamity, that no responsible citizen invites on his people.” (NAN)