President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by the Northern Awareness Initiative (NAI) to accept responsibility for the shortcomings of his administration rather than placing the blame on state governors.
The group expressed concern over a recent report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on the extent of poverty in Nigeria as well as over the apparent prevalence of poverty in the Northern area.
Prof. Usman Yusuf, the group’s chairman, and convener revealed this to journalists after a strategic meeting of the group yesterday in Kano, ostensibly in response to the President’s remark made during his discussion with participants in the Senior Executive Course (SEC), in which he accused state governors of impeding national development.
The president claims that governors tampered with council allocations by requiring the chairmen of the councils to certify that they had gotten 100% of their cash while allegedly pocketing 50% of what the councils agreed to, hurting local development.
But Yusuf claimed that it was already too late for the president to apportion blame when he had been given the trust and responsibility.
The former Executive Chairman of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) observed that the President was not chosen by Nigerians to level accusations against any branch or division of the government.
“We have reached a situation where the President is publicly blaming the governor for the nation’s economic problems,” he remarked. We didn’t elect governors to manage this nation. When his administration is about to end, the president arrives with these justifications. The APC-led administration has failed.
"The APC government took office eight years ago based on three promises: to eradicate corruption, to maintain security, and to boost the nation's economy. However, they have only done the opposite for the past eight years. Bandits are in charge of the president's state of Katsina.