- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has opened up on the challenges faced by the state government in Nigeria
- The Kaduna governor and APC chieftain said governors are the most suspected public officials
- According to him, this is because many people think they (governors) waste resources and collect security votes without doing anything
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Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, said that there is a collective sentiment among Nigerians that governors are the most corrupt public office-holders in the country.
Speaking on Monday, September 21, on Channels TV's Sunrise Daily, El-Rufai said governors are the most suspected people in government because many hold the opinion that they are pocketing shares from the national treasury without doing anything.
He said Nigerians were quick to expect change when the new government took over the affairs of the country despite the hard-biting recession which the country was plunged into.
According to him, the new government inherited debts, with El-Rufai adding that the misconception that governors collect security votes from the purse of the federal goverment has made many people believe that change should happen "overnight."
"Governors are the most suspected elected officials. Everyone thinks Governors are just thieves and we are wasting state resources, we are not doing anything. Governors are assumed to be taking security votes.
"When people hear security votes, they think it is a slush fund for Governors. So we have a very negative image out there.
“Meanwhile, we have one of the most difficult jobs in the world. And we are subnational; our capacity to borrow is limited. The Federal Government can print money. We cannot," the Kaduna governor said.
Highlighting the challenges faced by many Nigerian states, El-Rufai submitted that there is a heavy reliance on the federal government as states cannot stand independently.
He stated that only Lagos, of all 36 states in the county, can sustain itself without collecting allocation from the federal government.
The Kaduna governor further submitted that the inability of the state government to print money has also posed a bane.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that El-Rufai suggested that the All Progressives Congress (APC) might have lost the Edo state governorship election due to last-minute decision making on the part voters.
The governor disclosed that he was confident that the APC would win the election because a poll conducted indicated that the party would emerge victoriously.
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