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“Your Failure Responsible For Nationwide Hardship” – Governors Hit Back At Buhari



Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF) on Saturday acknowledge that there is untold hardship in the country following President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to fulfill his 2019 campaign promises.

The Governors of the 36 states of the federation take a swipe at the Federal Government after the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, blamed state governors for the nation’s poverty index.

According to Agba, the governors had abandoned 72 percent of Nigeria’s poor citizens in the rural areas, only to build airports and flyovers.

A day after the Minister’s comment, President Buhari also accused the governors of stealing from the local government allocations.

Reacting to the allegations, the Director of Media and Public Affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo said the federal government should not blame the governors for its failure to lift Nigerians out of poverty, provide security and make life better for the people.

The statement partly reads, “It is the federal government that, in its campaign message in 2019, promised to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty. Today, records show that more than 130 million Nigerians are living below the globally accepted poverty line of a dollar a day.

“Under the current administration that Mr Clement Agba is minister, the national cash cow, the NNPC, had failed to remit statutory allocations to states in several months.

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“The situation had compelled governors to rely on other sources of revenue like; the SFTAS program and other interventions anchored by the NGF, to fund states activities while monies budgeted for such federal ministries as agriculture, rural development, and humanitarian affairs are not being deployed in the direction of the people.

“The Minister who should be responding to a question demanding to know what he and his colleague, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, were doing to ameliorate the hardship Nigerians are facing attempted to which he represents, in this scenario.”

The statement further noted that the primary duty of the government is to ensure the security of lives and property, however, the current administration has been unable to fulfill this covenant with the people.

“First and foremost, the primary duty of any government is to ensure the security of lives and property, without which no sensible human activity takes place. But the federal government which is responsible for the security of lives and property has been unable to fulfill this covenant with the people thus allowing bandits, insurgents, and kidnappers to turn the country into a killing field, maiming and abducting people, in schools, market places and even on their farmlands.

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“This dereliction of duty from the center is the main reason why people have been unable to engage in regular agrarian activity and commerce. Today, rural areas are insecure, markets are unsafe, surety of travel is improbable and life for the common people generally is harsh and brutish.

“The question is, how can a defenseless rural population maintain a sustainable lifestyle of peace and harmony when their lives are cut prematurely, and they wallow permanently in danger? How does a minister whose government has been unable to ensure security, law, and order have the temerity to blame governors?

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