Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, has said Nigerians think governors steal and waste their states’ resources.
El-Rufai stated this on Channels Television on Monday, while responding to how tasking their jobs have become, especially as Nigeria faces economic downturn.
He stressed that people think governors divert security votes for personal use, saying the notion has created negative impression for them.
The governor also claimed that governors have the most difficult jobs in the world.
“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.
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“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.
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”Other than Lagos, very few state governments have room to do what they can do because apart from Lagos virtually every state in Nigeria relies on Federation Account transfers. And when they go down, you are in trouble,” El-Rufai said.