The Federal Government of Nigeria had in 2017 approved N280.1m cash payments to former Presidents & Heads of State to purchase cars.
The approval was contained in a document presented to the House of Representatives committee on governmental affairs by the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
Mustapha appeared before the committee to review the 2017 budget of his office & defend estimates for 2018.
He said the cars were monetized so the former leaders could buy vehicles of their choice.
The SGF said N40m had already been released, leaving a balance of N240.1 million to be paid to the former leaders.
Those to benefits are former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida & Abubakar Abdulsalam.
Also, former vice presidents Atiku Abubakar, Namadi Sambo & others will benefit from the vehicles.
A breakdown of the amount showed that the sum of N96m is earmarked for vehicles of former presidents & N90m for those of former vice presidents.
This is in addition to a balance of about N170m balance of what was earmarked for the vehicles of former presidents in 2017 budget.
The various expenditures are part of the N2.492 billion capital expenditure for the SGF’s office in 2018.
The document also indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, ministers & other political appointees were paid salaries totaling N3.4bn in 2017.
It partly read, “the approved personnel cost for 2017 was N3,408,763,591.00. This covered the remuneration of the President, Vice-President, ministers, political office holders & members of staff of the OSGF from January to December, 2017.”