Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) Photo: Channels TV

Leadership: Nigerian governors paralyse judiciary without responsibility ─Agbakoba, Chidoka

*They have not shown that they are constitutionally responsible because they are not obeying the constitution, says Olisa Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN

*If state governments eschew laziness, the country will leave up to its potential ─Osita Chidoka, ex-Minister for Aviation

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In restating how lack of strong and values-based leadership has denied millions of Nigerians good governance, societal development and wellbeing over time, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has lambasted the state governors, saying they do not respect the Nigerian Constitution and have not shown that they are responsible towards it.

Mr. Agbakoba, at The Platform, a programme organised and hosted by Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor of Covenant Nation, Saturday, May 1, 2021, said despite court judgement, the state governors are yet obey court orders in respect of financial autonomy for the judicial arm of the Nigerian Government, Channels TV report said.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said: “The state governors have paralysed the Judiciary and they are looking for more power.

“They haven’t shown that they are constitutionally responsible because they are not obeying the constitution.

“The governors seem to have retreated and do no more than go to Abuja and collect. We want to see more action on the part of our governors.

Agbakoba stated: “I am happy that Kayode Fayemi my good friend will be on because he is the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, yet they are not obeying the constitution.”

He noted that the country’s problem lies with its leadership, insisting there is nothing wrong with the country’s constitution.

According to him, with the right leadership, Nigeria can soar above its current challenges.

Referencing the experience of the United Kingdom (UK), the legal practitioner and former President of NBA explained that the place is working well even without a constitution because there is strong leadership.

The power of strong leadership played out in the US when governors were able to curb the excesses of former President Donald Trump, said he.

While charging the Nigerian governors to do more than relying on the Federal Government, he added that “a lot depends on accountability; on leadership qualities coming out of our governors because at the end of the day, the Federal Government is only a small fraction of the Nigerian equation.”

In his presentation on the occasion, Osita Chidoka, a former Minister for Aviation, also aligned with Agbakoba’s submission and said the Nigerian governors of shying away from responsibilities.

Chidoka insisting that the state chief executives have not fully utilised the powers allotted to them.

The erstwhile Minister stated: “The powers of our states are guaranteed. So, the states have no business going to Abuja except to collect their allocations.

“If they want to establish universities, they are at liberty. If they want to set up medical health centres and attract doctors from around the world, they are at liberty. What is holding them back is work avoidance.”

According to him, “our state governments are avoiding work and we the people have been deceived that the problem is in Abuja. No, the problem is not in Abuja. The problem is in our states.”

Chidoka, who cited Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory as a classical example of the devolution of powers, submitted that if state governments eschew laziness, the country will leave up to its potential.

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