Free yourself from stranglehold of state governments, Buhari tells local government administrators

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said local government administrators across the country should push for an amendment to the Constitution that will limit the powers of state government over their activities.

“This will limit the damage they can do to you. The quicker you do this the better, so that you can help your people much more,” Mr. Buhari said in a statement signed by his media aide, Garba Shehu.

Mr. Buhari offered the advice when he played host to the leadership of Association of Local Governments in Nigeria in Abuja.

He said some ambiguities in the constitution have made it difficult for local governments to operate independently and serve as a loophole for the state governments to manipulate local councils.

“The relationship between the three tiers of government is not a very nice one, especially that between the local governments and the states,” Mr. Buhari said.

“The states feel like they own the local government, if they are of the same party. It is worse if they are not.”

“This is a very serious constitutional problem and unless there is absolute clarity and transparency, the relationship will continue to be exploited against the interest of the ordinary people of the country.”

Mr. Buhari, therefore, urged ALGON leadership to quickly draft an amendment to the Constitution and push same through the legislature.

The local government officials used the occasion to remind Mr. Buhari about a pending $3.2 billion which the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo allegedly illegally deducted from local government allocation as part of the 2005 national debt settlement.

Acting National Chairman of ALGON, Ibrahim Karaye, told Mr. Buhari local government workers would be grateful if he could help resolve the stalemate.

The statement also said Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, was also present at the meeting.

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  • Truth Justice Equity

    Buhari should stop all this meaningless rigmarole and rhetorics and stand up for this nation,why always making vogue statements that are of no value to situations at hand.if buhari doesn’t know what to do any longer after labouring aggressively for 16 years to be President, it is better for him to apologize to Nigerians and then respect his age and resign.
    It is on record that the 2014 national conference report have a clear and unambiguous solution to the local government challenges in relationship with the state governments, buhari maliciously and arrogantly refused to act on that beautiful document that have answers to the majority of issues facing the unity,progress, prosperity, development and peaceful coexistence of Nigerian nation. While putting the well thought out clear solutions to our national challenges in dust bin,buhari now hypocritically turned around to shed crocodile tears for our nation. This man is really taking Nigerians for his mental dwarfed almajiri imbeciles brethren. May God save our nation.

    • Observer

      Another baby factory product speaking… Is there no sense in what the president is saying…. I pity your hate attitude, iy has made you so myopic that you now see through your anus.

    • TruthBeSaid

      GEJ had 1 year 2 months to act on the report but he didn’t. Buhari’s administration is about 1 year 3 months but you chose to blame Buhari.

      Is it not easier for the man under whom the conference took place to have implemented the “clear and unambiguous” solution?

    • TruthBeSaid

      GEJ had 1 year 2 months to implement the “clear and unambiguous” solution but he did not.

      Buhari’s administration is about 1 year 3 months and you chose to blame Buhari.

      Is it not easier for a man under whom the conference was made to have implemented it?

    • TruthBeSaid

      GEJ had 1 year 2 months to implement the “clear and unambiguous” solution but he did not.

      Buhari’s administration is about 1 year 3 months and you chose to blame Buhari.

      Is it not easier for a man under whom the conference was made to have implemented it?

      • front man

        Don’t mind him

      • PolyGon2013

        GEJ could not do it because he is a coward.

  • True Nigerian

    Senseless talk! Whilst in opposition, APC rejected a proposed bill for local government autonomy. Every Nigerian knows that. So, to hear this from Buhari, is really disappointing and misleading.

    Dear President Buhari, if you eally want to change the slavish positi on of our local governments, push your Constitutional amendment into a passage. If you think you might fail on that task, don’t push the responsibility to the local government administrators.

  • Realitytalk

    That is the best bpresident for you

    • woman leader1

      Yes ooo, the best president we have..

    • front man

      Correct

  • lawal

    ” About a pending $3.2 billion which the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo allegedly illegally deducted from local government allocation as part of the 2005 national debt settlement”. Mr. president don’t ever accept that, if you give out that money is a big mistake, they are all boys of corrupt governors and they are the people sell this idea to them so that they can go back and share the money, this is the tradition in all the LGA’s in Nigeria. With strong concern EFCC have to investigate the activity of joint account between Local Governments and their state, for years governors are using such accounts to finance their state projects and then loot the state allocation. So Mr. president your governors will not well come the Local government autonomy, they will use the so called National house of Representatives to end the matter.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Don’t mind them.

      Every other message from the President fell on deaf ears, I am sure.

      All they were interested in, was to hear Mr. President say, “I’ll throw more money your way” so that they can go and share the funds and harass young girls and other people’s wives in their localities.

      Our Constitution which created the 3-tier system of government is defective and negligent by not removing the ambiguities in the structure and relationship between the tiers.