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Published On: Mon, Dec 2nd, 2019

Poor governance: Aisha Buhari’s comment not targeted at us-Govs

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By Ese Awhotu

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) yesterday to comments by First Lady Aisha Buhari that things are ‘getting out of hand’ in the country without the governments doing much about it.
The governors said they were not the sole target of the first lady’s comments as they are making concerted efforts in their states to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.
Recall that Aisha Buhari had lampooned the governors saying that Nigerians do not have access to portable water in some states.
The First Lady expressed her displeasure at the National Mosque during the National Executive Council meeting of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Friday.
She said, “People cannot afford potable water in this country while we have governors,” she said on Friday at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) general assembly meeting in Abuja.
However, the NGF in response yesterday, through a statement signed by its spokesperson Abdulrazaque Barkindo, said any interpretation that Mrs Buhari’s comments were targeted as governors was ”incorrect and mischievous.”
They said comments by Aisha Buhari, that things are getting out of hand, is an indictment not just of governors, as the reporters would like the general public to believe, but of the nation’s entire political elite.
According to the NGF, “Governors are doing their best to lift Nigerians out of misery and Nigerians are beginning to witness an improvement in their standards of living because of the conscious efforts of state governors throughout the country. The nation is replete with remarkable improvements in different facets of public life.
“It is therefore incorrect and mischievous to allude to the warning by Mrs Aisha Buhari as only directed at state governors as there is nowhere in the speech where the First Lady referred directly to the governors.”
NGF statement reads in part : ”That Aisha Buhari’s rebuke at the National Mosque during the National Executive Council meeting of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) could not have come at a better time. That the nation’s religious leaders have to be told by none other than the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, that things are getting out of hand, is an indictment not just of governors, as the reporters would like the general public to believe, but of the nation’s entire political elite.
“Unfortunately, the haste to paint state governors with one brush or the race to hit the front pages in this case, destroyed the message that the First Lady seeks to convey. Mrs. Buhari was sermonizing on anyone in a position of power or authority to fear Allah in whatever they do because, according to her, as it is said in the scriptures, everybody would eventually account for his deeds before the Almighty God.
“To insinuate, therefore, that the First Lady was referring to Governors when she said, “People cannot afford potable water in this country while we have governors,” erroneously suggests that only State Governors would meet God on the day of judgment.
“It was in the same breath that she said, “We should either fasten our seatbelt (meaning tighten our belts) or do the needful or we will all regret it very soon because, at the rate, things are going, things are getting completely out of hand. The VP (Yemi Osinbajo) is here, some ministers are here, they are supposed to do justice to the situation.”
“How the reporters at the occasion conveniently forgot the above part of the speech and singled out governors in passing the message, therefore, remains a mystery.
“Governors are doing their best to lift Nigerians out of misery and Nigerians are beginning to witness an improvement in their standards of living because of the conscious efforts of State Governors throughout the country. The nation is replete with remarkable improvements in different facets of public life.
“It is therefore incorrect and mischievous to allude to the warning by Mrs. Aisha Buhari as only directed at state governors as there is nowhere in the speech where the First Lady referred directly to the governors.”

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