•Nobody can challenge Buhari’s decision -Al-Makura
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The Presidency has described as a misconception, President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks in Saudi Arabia where he ruled out the payment of N5,000 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the country as promised by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, who gave the clarification in an interview with State House correspondents in Abuja, said the N5000 stipend promise still stands.
Akande said the 2016 budget before the National Assembly has made an allocation of N500 million for social investment. Akande said Buhari never promised to pay unemployed graduates N5,000.
Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura has thrown his weight behind Buhari’s non-payment of N5,000 monthly allowance to unemployed graduates in the country.
To Al-Makura ,who was at the Presidential Villa to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, he said Buhari cannot be challenged by anybody once he takes a decision on the matter.
The governor told State House correspondents after the meeting that Buhari was at liberty to change his position on the matter because he is taking decisions for the good of the country.
He said nobody, no matter how highly placed, can challenge the President on the matter.
“The President is the person that can tell you precisely how he is working on promises and interventions that he has created by his ingenuity.
“And, if at any point in time, the president is reviewing that issue, I think he is the only person to do that because what he is doing what is in the best interest of the country.
“And so, it is not challengeable by anybody whatever his position.”