The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Ret’d) has knocked Governors over their unfair treatment of the administration at the local government level.
The President made his mind known while delivering his speech at an event hosted for members of the Senior Executive Course 44 (2022) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Citing a personal experience involving an unnamed Governor, the President portrayed the sort of corrupt practices perpetrated by some Governors in dispensing resources meant for local councils’ administrations.
He said it beats anyone’s imagination how some Governors would collect money on behalf of council areas in their states only to remit half to the council chairman, who would further deplete the remittance in further pilfering of public resources.
The Nation reported that he related the situatuon to lack of integrity among many of those holding such offices. Such actions, he said, are despicable and speak of the height of corruption in the country.
He said, “This is what is happening in Nigeria, it’s a terrible thing. You cannot say the person who is doing these was not educated, he was a qualified lawyer, he was experienced, yet he participated in this type of corruption.
“So it’s a matter of conscience, whichever level we find ourselves. As a leader, you sit here with all the sacrifices the country is making by putting you through institutions and getting you ready to lead.
“The fundamental thing is personal integrity. May God help us.”