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Governors are parasites of resources – Ex-SGF Lawal

By Toby Prince


The former SGF, sacked for alleged contract fraud, said Nigeria does not need to have states to thrive. He said the current system of government in the country gives room for governors to siphon public funds.

“I’m not a constitutional expert but I know if I had my way in the setup of this country, the governors in the middle are just parasites that are taking the major share of the resources that are supposed to the go to states, they abuse it,” Lawal said in an interview published by Premium Times.

“If I had my way, there would be federal government and local governments, such that the resources that are due to the state, would be shared equally with the local government at that level and a lot of things will be done.”

Lawal made the statement while reacting to the moves by the National Assembly to amend the country’s constitution.

“At the local government, they are closer to the people, because they are closer to the people, people are able to monitor them. People are able to get in touch with them, people are able to check their excess if any,” Lawal said.

The former Nigerian government secretary also advocated a return to the parliamentary system in Nigeria, where everybody in the parliament is an elected official that is accounted to the people.

“The presidential system is so expensive and the presidential system has concentrated power and authority on one person and whoever else he chooses to delegate that authority to,” Lawal said

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