The 36 Nigerian state governors under the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, have again resisted fresh moves to commence the deduction of $418 million Paris Club refund allegedly owed four contractors from the federation account.
In a letter to the federal government through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, dated August 1, the governors maintained that any renewed plan to begin the process which is being challenged in the courts and for which the Supreme Court has made pronouncement, would be unconstitutional.
In the official communication signed by the Chairman of the NGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who also doubles as the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, the governors noted that it would appear that the allegiance of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, lies with the contractors rather than the Nigerian people.
The governors described as suspicious the uncommon zeal and speed
with which the two ministers were pursuing the cause of the four contractors, explaining that the latest attempt to stampede the Federal
Executive Council to approve the payment was a surreptitious way of breaching the law.