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Alake: 114% Salary Increase For Officeholders Is Fake, No Presidential Approval Given

He said the purpose of this misinformation was to smear the reputation of Tinubu’s administration.

Nigeria’s Presidency has said that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has not received any proposal for a 114% increase in the salary of political and judicial officers, and as such, no such salary increase has been approved.

A statement, which was released by Dele Alake, the Special Adviser for Special Duties and Communication Strategies, read, “We have followed with consternation the viral story of the purported 114% increase in the salary of the President, Vice President, elected Federal and State political office holders and judicial officers.

“We state without any equivocation that President Bola Tinubu has not approved any salary increase, and no such proposal has been brought before him for consideration.

“While we recognise that it is within the constitutional remit of Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to propose and fix salaries and allowances of political office holders and Judicial Officers, such cannot come to effect until it has equally been considered and approved by the President.”

Alake went on to say that the story, which the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) had also debunked, was only released to malign President Tinubu’s administration.

The Special Adviser then issued a warning to the media saying, “It is important to reiterate to journalists, media managers, and members of the public that stories on government activities and policy issues that do not emanate from approved official communication channels should be ignored. Media practitioners are enjoined to, at all times, cross-check their stories to ensure accurate reportage, which is the hallmark of responsible journalism.”

Ozioma Samuel-Ugwuezi

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