Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has severely criticized Nigerian governors for contributing to the problems of local governments in their states.Obasanjo, while speaking at an interactive session at the maiden International Conference on Politics, Security and Development held at Babcock University, Ilisan, Ogun State, accused the governors of being “obstacles” to having functional local governments in the country.
OBJ further stated that the governors steal council funds under the guise that they have done something for the councils on their behalf. The former leader also said that good leadership at the state and the local government levels with integrity and dedication was what could make local governments work to achieve their purpose for the people.
In his words;“Not allowing local governments to work and stealing their funds, from source by states, is one of the greatest disservice of all political parties in the present dispensation of our democratic experiment. In fact, experiences in many states of the federation have shown that local government administrations have become the most constitutionally-abused matter in the country since the 1999 Constitution became operational. Only a handful of states had held local government election.
Others have carried on as if it is legal to run local governments without the Constitution that created them. Most state governors floated the idea of appointing transition committees comprising their surrogates to oversee the affairs of the councils. The trend, sadly has been maintained in some states till now. In others where the polls had been conducted, the governors, in connivance with corrupt electoral officials subservient to the governors and ruling party committed malpractices which make mockery of the process.”