- Former governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has criticised his successor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje
- Ganduje was at the presidential villa earlier this week to present photos of major infrastructure in Kano state
- Kwankwaso, a former presidential aspirant, says the president did not understand the photo shown to him
Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari did not understand the picture that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state presented to him recently at the presidential villa in Abuja.
On Monday, March 22, Buhari played host to Ganduje who showed him a prototype of the proposed three-level interchange in Kano city.
The infrastructure in northern Nigeria's largest city is expected to be named after the president by the Kano state government.
Speaking with BBC Hausa, Kwankwaso, a former governor of the state, wondered why the governor acquired a loan of N20 billion for the project, which he said is the responsibility of the federal government.
He accused Ganduje of not getting his priorities right, saying education and welfare of the people ought to be on the front burner.
“Instead of Ganduje to go and see the president and ask him to do the bridge, because it is the responsibility of the federal government to do the flyovers connecting Kano city to Wudil, the governor went ahead and presented a photo that was badly designed, which even the president did not understand.”
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the comments of Kwakwanso via social media.
Elijah Augustine wrote on Twitter:
“To Buhari, it looks like a draft board.”
James Olufemi wrote:
“Even Ganduje can not understand what he brought to the president.”
Imran Abou Sidra wrote:
“Kwankwaso is relentless even in criticism.”
Ice Manokshady wrote:
“Why is a state governor presenting a photo of a proposed project to a president in the first place? Is Buhari the contractor or the site engineer? What type of anyhow federal system of government is this? This is not what we were taught in school.”
Maxy Milliano wrote on Nairaland:
“Kwakwanso may be right though, Buhari only understands cartoon impressions, and according to Garba Shehu, Buhari's love for cartoons is unparalleled. Anything outside this will be much for him to comprehend.”
“Buhari has never understood anything all his life. If he's not shocked, he is unaware and if he's not unaware, he is on top of the situation; ask him which situation, he can't say. Worst leader to ever rule a country.”
“I disagree with Kwankwaso on this. Yes, it is a federal road and the bridge should normally be the responsibility of the federal government. But such a mindset is the very reason we are where we are as a country.
“I doubt if Kwankwaso plies that road. The traffic along that route in the evening should be the worst in Kano now if I am not mistaken. With heavy-duty vehicles, vans, scores of cars, tricycles all locked down at the same spot, and you want the governor to tell the president to come and construct the interchange?
“The earlier the governors take their state's development personally the better. That interchange is billed to be finished in 18months. I can't wait for it to be completed. When you fly planes across the state all the time how would you know what people go through connecting to their offices and houses daily?
“On this, I say way to go Governor Ganduje.”
Meanwhile, Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), has condemned the plan by the federal government to use the returned Ibori's loot from the United Kingdom to fund federal projects.
Sagay who is currently the chairman of, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, advised President Buhari to ensure that the funds are only used in Delta state, where the former governor hails from.
He said using the latest £4.2million (N2.2billion) tranche of the Ibori loot to fund the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Abuja-Kano railway would be unjust since such projects would have no direct impact on the lives of the people of Delta.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the plan by the federal government to use part of the funds for some federal projects has been rejected by the Delta state government.
The stern opposition came on Tuesday, March 9, from the Delta state commissioner for information, Ehiedu Aniagwu, who said the state will only allow the government to take a percentage of the funds as a cost for the recovery.