- The hidden COVID-19 palliatives seen in several states of the federation is still generating reactions
- Nigerian state governors have been subjected to intense criticisms since the lid was blown on the hidden palliatives
- A prominent Nigerian, Dr Uche Igwe has described the action of the state governors as sheer wickedness
A foremost political scholar and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Dr. Uche Igwe has described state governors who stored palliatives meant for distribution to hungry citizens as pretenders.
Dr. Igwe expressed shock that food items meant for the down trodden were kept by governors even during the COVID-19 lockdown.
In a statement sent to journalists on Monday, October 26, Igwe described the act of the governors as sheer wickedness, adding that it is inexcusable.
“I find it very surprising that some governors stored away food meant for citizens while the population remained very hungry. That is very unfair and the fall out of the #ENDSARS protests have exposed them.
“From the findings, many of the food items have perished. This is sheer wickedness that is inexcusable. I consider their explanations as lame and defensive afterthoughts.’’
He, however, praised some governors like Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state for promptly distributing the palliatives to the population on time.
Recall that Governor Ganduje recently declared that his administration is committed to the fight against corruption in Kano state.
The governor made the comment when he visited the state's public complaint and anti-corruption commission on Saturday, August 15.
Governor Ganduje also declared that he will not be involved in the prosecution of any political office holder in the state.
Earlier, a foremost non-governmental organisation based in Abuja, Centre for Public Trust (CPT) commended Governor Ganduje for recently establishing the Kano state anti-corruption institute.
In a letter addressed to the governor, the group congratulated the governor for what it described as:
“A bold and novel initiative that is capable of transforming the governance landscape in the state.”
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