Nige­ria’s Buhari will take a 50% salary cut

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Nige­ria’s Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari will be paid half the salary that his pre­de­ces­sor, Good­luck Jonathan, re­ceived, his of­fice has an­nounced.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Garba Shehu made the sur­prise an­nounce­ment on Fri­day.

“Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari will only re­ceive 50% of the salary paid to his pre­de­ces­sor. The pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to take a 50% cut was con­veyed to the of­fice of the sec­re­tary to the gov­ern­ment of the fed­er­a­tion yesterday,” said Shehu in an emailed state­ment.

The 72-year-old’s an­nual salary will be slashed to about $70 000 (R872 000) a year.

The for­mer dic­ta­tor – Buhari was the coun­try’s mil­i­tary ruler be­tween 1983 and 1985 – re­cently made history when his civil­ian gov­ern­ment be­came the first in Nige­ria to re­ceive power from a dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal party through a demo­cratic elec­tion process.

Buhari, who was sworn in on May 29, has at­tracted crit­i­cism for fail­ing to an­nounce a Cab­i­net, rais­ing fears that he would not ful­fil the prom­ises he made dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign trail, which in­cluded to fight cor­rup­tion, deal with mil­i­tant Is­lamist group Boko Haram, and in­vest in ed­u­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture and equip­ment. Two weeks ago, it emerged that Buhari would not an­nounce his Cab­i­net un­til Septem­ber – three months into of­fice and nearly six months since his party won Nige­ria’s gen­eral elec­tion.

A num­ber of rea­sons have been given for the de­lay. One of them is that he wants to first clean up the graft left by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion. Buhari’s main chal­lenge is to deal with lethal ex­trem­ist group Boko Haram, whose killing spree is con­tin­u­ing into his term. He also needs to ad­dress the econ­omy, which is con­tract­ing due to fall­ing oil prices.

His vice-pres­i­dent, Yemi Os­in­bajo, will also have his salary slashed by half.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari

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