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Ensuring timely payment of retirement benefits for all pensioned senior citizens and creating a poverty safety net for all citizens above the age of 65

In a bid to meet this promise, Buhari’s administration in November 2016 paid 81 months of pension arrears to pensioners from the police, customs, immigration, prisons and the civil service. 

In December 2016, Buhari approved the disbursement of N522 billion to state governments to enable them to pay salary and pension arrears.

In 2017, the government released N54 billion to pay pensioners owed for 2014, 2015 and 2016. In September 2018, Buhari also approved N22 billion as payment for retirement benefits to former workers of the liquidated Nigerian Airways.

In January 2019 Buhari claimed his administration had succeeded in stopping the ill treatment of federal pensioners. 

But a few days later the Nigeria Union of Pensioners said Nigeria Airways pensioners were yet to be fully paid. As of March 2020, their outstanding pension entitlements were unmet.

Buhari’s government has also paid arrears to pensioners that worked in defunct government organisations such as Delta Steel Company, Nigerian Telecommunications and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

In April 2022, the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate said the federal government has almost cleared all pension liabilities after spending N177.5 billion on pension and gratuity payments in the second half of 2021.

– Africa Check, updated May 2022.

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