Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed his frustration over the wrong impression Nigerians have about state Governors.
According to El-Rufai, citizens are of the assumption that Governors occupy the position solely to steal government funds, hence, they are labelled thieves whereas the position comes with a lot of responsibilities which are mostly herculean.
Speaking in an interview with Channels TV on Monday, Sep 21, he further said, Governors are the most suspected political office holders in the country.
“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.
“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.
“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.” he said