President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he has not been receiving military pensions and salaries as former head of state since he assumed office in May 2015.
President Buhari said, in fact, he did not receive pensions due to him as a retired military officers, unlike many of his contemporaries.
President Buhari was reacting to a narrative circulating on social media which said he has been receiving double payments from the federal coffers.
In a statement released by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Twitter, Mr. Buhari said all financial gratuities, vehicles and even souvenirs due him were not paid to him by the Army.
“The President has never received pension from the army or car as had gone to former Commanders-in-Chief,” Mr. Shehu said. “After his overthrow, they didn’t remember him even in the annual distribution of diaries or calendars.”
“Buhari stopped collecting allowances paid to former Heads of State the moment he took office as elected President last year.
“Since his overthrow as military ruler, the army never instituted a pension for him. The army is known to supply cars to former heads of the army. President Buhari never got any of that,” Mr. Shehu said.
Mr. Shehu said before Mr. Buhari was elected president, he did not benefit from vehicle supplies to former Nigerian leaders, a claim he said could be verified at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“Before this time, the presidency did not supply cars to him as they did the former Heads of State,” Mr. Shehu said. “This is verifiable from the SGF’s office.”