The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has described as a big lie and a figment of the imagination, reports that N243.8 billion has been disbursed to states as Paris Club refund in the month of Ahgust, 2021.
The NGF secretariat disclosed this in a statement issued by its Head, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, on Friday in Abuja.
According to Bello-Barkindo, the announcement making the rounds that a disbursement of N243.8bn to states in the month of August came to the attention of the forum as a surprise.
“The NGF wishes to state categorically that nothing can be farther from the truth, as this disbursement did not happen and could not have happened as there are no further possibilities that they can happen now, or in the future.
“The lie is further accentuated by the fact that the announcer has remained anonymous and to all intents and purposes, faceless.
“If it were true and the announcer sure of his facts, he would have owned the announcement in case anyone wanted to verify the information.
“But alas, the faceless announcer of the fake disbursement is apparently completely oblivious of, or even clueless, about how the Paris Club refunds came about.
“This ignorance is either a sincere lack of knowledge of the process, or a deliberate effort to cause confusion in the land,” Bello-Barkindo said.
He added that the Paris Club is not a reserve institution from which the Federal Government could dip its hands and share monies to states, adding that it was a cumulative over-payment of debts by states, which has been refunded.
The NGF spokesman called on the announcer of the rumour to desist from spreading malicious, mischievous and false information to the Nigerian public, especially where it involves money.
Bello-Barkindo further noted that such act could undermine the nation’s stability, especially at this inauspicious time when Nigeria’s finances are lean and security temperament fragile.
“There are myriads of ways to encourage the population to call their leadership to account but stoking the embers of discord by dishing out false information is doing the states, the governors and the citizens, as a whole, a disservice or even a calamity that no responsible citizen invites on his people”, he added.