Jonathan lacks ‘capacity’ to manage Nigeria – Kwankwaso

Kwankwaso and northern Elders' Forum after the meeting

The governor met with northern leaders in Kano.

Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano says Nigeria is drifting because President Goodluck Jonathan lacks the competence and courage to manage the affairs of the country appropriately.

The governor, who stated this during a meeting with the leadership of Northern Elders Forum, NEF, at the Government House in Kano, on Tuesday night, said despite advice and observations from leaders from within and outside the country on how to put Nigeria on the right track, the presidency was insensitive.

“When we met with the president, as Northern Governors, he told us that the former US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, told him that as President he has to look at the issue of the North very critically. She noted that there was an imbalance in terms of patronage, appointments and sharing of resources.

“He assured that he was looking at those comments and that was why he was delaying appointments into boards and so on. Since that meeting, we have not seen anything or changes. So it is my conclusion that the President lacks the capacity and courage to do the right thing”, the governor stated.

Mr. Kwankwaso also claimed that the federal budget is heavily tilted in favour of one section of the country, pointing out that a situation where one section of the country is suffering from illiteracy, underdevelopment and misery while the other section has more than enough is not good for national unity.

The governor maintained that a situation whereby a section of the country is given priority over other areas is not in the best interest of all, pointing out that it is time for the Federal Government to be sensitive to what is being felt by the international community.

“We have had enough crises in this country and it is not right to plant seeds for crisis in the future. Look at the North East that was allocated N2 billion in the current budget. N2 billion is what Mr. President allocated to non -APC states for supporting him, while N111 billion was allocated to the South East and South-South. This is not close to fairness”, the governor argued.

The governor said his position on current national issues is not premised on religion, ethnicity or sectionalism but stems from the desire to see that every Nigerian, irrespective of where he comes from, is treated without discrimination.

Mr. Kwankwaso also said it was time for members of the National Assembly to come out and oppose the injustice that is perpetrated by the government. The governor said the vices happening in Northern Nigeria should not be happening in civilized societies. He appealed to the Federal Government to listen to the voices of reason so as to move the country in the right direction.

The governor pledged to continue to work with all people of good conscience to bring about good governance in Nigeria.

Earlier, in their separate remarks, the chairman of the forum, Maitama Sule, and his deputy, Paul Unongo, explained that they were not satisfied with current political developments in the country, especially as they affect the North.

They said the visit to Mr. Kwankwaso was to identify with his achievements and sterling leadership qualities as well as to look at several issues that will bring about responsible governance, unity and even development of the country.


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  • Bala R

    They don’t have ears.

  • CAF

    That same “one section” of the country suffering from neglect, illiteracy and underdevelopment held the entire country hostage for 35 years. Why did they fail to address those issues then? M-Brotherhood party.

    • isa fagge

      Because they treated their subjects equally.

      • Better Life

        Be ready for Arewa republic soon, so that you can go and manage it the way you want .

  • arise_9ja

    Thunder fire you Kwankwaso, Sabon Gari blast is still fresh in my mind. When the leader of Igbos and ethnic minorities who was at the park said that more than 75 Igbos perished but Kwankwaso fraudulently produced a list of 25 Hausa men killed during the blast. Boko Haram has failed you now you are looking for new avenues to attack GEJ. Talk about the trains moving from Kano to Lagos today, talk about what Kano Airport was and what it is today. Bad belle politicians,

  • Favnat John

    Mr. Kwankwaso should know that management start from home,please provide good things of life for my dear brothers and sisters in Kano State.A good leader never throw blames.Look for ways to derive internal revenue to develop that state just as some other Governor has started and stop spending tax payers money on media.Kano citizens needs you more than the presidency.

  • Muhammad Kano

    See comments from daydreamers. Pls stop dreaming and come to realities. When change comes, no amount of sabotage can stop it, call them whatever you like, but surely Nigeria must prosper. Can anyone of you tell me what he benefits from GEJ, if not failure at all levels? Kwankwaso is trying to revive the progress of the country and you are busy looking at things from ignorant perspective. Wake up and stop dreaming, don’t allow anyone to use religion and continue killing and bombing the country. One day you may become the victim.

  • PEOPLE

    GOV. RABIU OF KANO WHEN YOUR BROTHERS, IBB, ABACHA, BUHARI ETC WERE RULING NIGERIA FOR 40 YEARS, YOU DID NOT MAKE SUCH STATEMENT. NORTH IS BACKWARD IN NIGERIA. THE PROBLEM NIGERIA IS HAVING TODAY ARE CAUSED BY THE NORTHERNERS.

    ALMIGHTY ALLAH WILL JUDGE ALL THE NORTHERN LEADERS. THEY CHEATED THE MASS OF THE NORTH. KANO IS LEADING IN DRUG ABUSE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOOL. YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE EMIR OF KANO TALKLESS OF OTHER LEADERS..YOUR ACTION IN KANO SHOWS YOU HATE SOUTHERNERS. YOU ARE FROM YORUBA, FOOLISH MAN. GO YOUR YOUR STATE OSUN

  • A A

    How can a drunkard would rule a country like nigeria & expect something reasonable 4rom him, also d way badluck is ruling nigeria it would b a lessons 2 northern leader, good bless u kwankwaso.

  • PEOPLE

    MUMU GOV. FOOLISH YORUBA MAN. GO TO YOUR STATE OSUN

  • PEOPLE

    FOOLISH

  • Abdulmalik Mahdi

    While I agree with Kwankwaso on the President’s lack of capacity, I think it is not only unfair but malicious to blame the President for the current State of Affairs in the Old Northern Region. It is far too simplistic to limit the argument to Federal Allocation. What have the Northern Governor’s done with the ‘little’ they have? What have they done to improve IGR in their States? How much waste is there in the system? How much have they stolen since 99?

    Kwankwaso supporters will argue with merit that he is different this term, but what about the 18 other Governors? What have they done for themselves? From 99 till date, a whole new generation of ‘Northerners’ could have emerged. The so called Northern Elders Forum is a useless association of has beens who have for the most part been the architects of our current sorry state as a nation. It is poignat to note that part of Kwankwaso’s speech dwelt on appointments in the Federal Civil Service and Boards of Parastatals. How sad! If the sum total of the demands on the FG from the NEF is Board Appointments and more allocation then we are doomed.

    In this era of Private Sector driven development, if the Northern Elders can’t recognize and exploit the potential of Agriculture to even the gap between them and their oil rich counterparts in the South then they don’t deserve their seats.

    Agriculture will employ the army of almajiri’s, shoe shine boys, Mai guards and yan daba that fill our streets. The Government of Sir Ahmadu Bello of blessed memory did not have a quarter of the resources now available to the Governments of today but because of visionary and selfless style of Governance their achievements in under 10 years still stand 50 years later today despite being abused and neglected by the current crop.

    Food for thought; one litre of milk costs more than one litre of Petrol.

  • Cosmas Odey

    The way forward is true confederation, total derivation principle and fiscal federalism….period.

  • Saifullahi Ahmad Muhd Gwarzo

    Hmmm bakomai dan musa Allah na bayan mai gaskiya