The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) says state governors are not the sole target of a comment by First Lady Aisha Buhari that things are ‘getting out of hand’ in the country without the governments doing much about it.
Mrs Buhari, who has criticised various government organs in the past, took a swipe at the governors, saying citizens do not have access to potable water in some states.
“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 through a statement signed by its spokesperson Abdulrazaque Barkindo, on Sunday, said any interpretation that Mrs Buhari’s comments were targeted as governors was ”incorrect and mischievous.”
The forum said the governors are not the target of the criticism as they are working in their states to lift millions of citizens out of poverty.
Premium Times had reported the NGF in November announcing that it launched an initiative, Human Capital Development (HCD), which aims to move 24 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2030.
The plan is a collaboration with the office of the Vice President.
“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,” the NGF said.
The forum said the entire political class is affected by the first lady’s comment as not the governors’ alone.
“To insinuate 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. The statement partly says.
– Premium Times