- Nigeria Governors Forum has dismissed claims that they are against President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order 10
- The executive order compels state governors to ensure financial autonomy for state legislatures and judiciaries
- But, the president deferred the implementation of the initiative after he was reportedly pressured by the state governors
The Nigeria Governors Forum has dismissed claims that they are against President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order 10 of 2020.
The order compels state governors to ensure financial autonomy for state legislatures and judiciaries.
President Buhari, in May, signed into law an Executive Order, granting financial autonomy to the legislative and the judicial arms across the 36 states of the country.
But, the president deferred the implementation of the initiative after he was reportedly pressured by the state governors.
In a communiqué signed by the NGF chairman Governor Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, July 23, the governors said they were still in talks with the federal government to resolve some contentious issues on the implementation of the order.
“State governments have expressed that they are integrally not opposed to the autonomy of the judiciary and the legislature,” part of the communique read.
On social media, Nigerians have also been commenting on the order.
Tahir Ali Kotoko wrote on Twitter: “Financial autonomy of state legislature and judiciary will fight corruption, end impunity and it will also bring security, stability and development to the ungoverned space in Nigeria. Executive Order 10 is the only way local governments will have autonomy in Nigeria.”
Steve Okwori, a management consultant and security strategist, wrote: “Any person that is against the Executive Order 10, is clearly against Nigeria's democratic development.”
Human rights lawyer and social activist, Ubani Monday Onyeka wrote: “These governors always think they are smarter. Heard Fayemi that the governors are working with the AG and others on the modalities of the Executive Order on the financial autonomy of state legislature/judiciary but at the same time deceiving us to believe it is unconstitutional.”
Ola Maboreje, teacher and anti-corruption crusader wrote: “You can see our governors with their nefarious attitudes. Why are they running helter-skelter because of Executive Order 10? Do they love the masses and Nigeria? Is Executive order 10 a bad idea and anti-law? Nigeria shall be free.”
Recall that the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria had sent their gratitude to President Buhari following the order.
Hon. Mudasiru Obasa, the chairman of the conference, described the gesture as one that will make the legislature independent and provocative as a major arm of government.