Governors, poor governance and consequences

The skewed framework of the federal system, which we practise deceives compatriots and others alike into focusing on the activities of the Federal Government and ignoring the patronage-politics, which characterises governance in the constituent parts of the federation – the states and to a greater degree in the local governments.

The chief executives at those levels are the governors and local government chairmen respectively who by all accounts have turned the states into a fiefdom of sorts. The governors rule by fiat, virtually solely determining what transpires in all three arms of government.

The local government chairmen are handpicked by the governors and are therefore beholden to the man who occupies Government House in the state capital. This negation of sound, established and accepted democratic principles has troubling implications for the future of our Republic and majesty of democracy.

guardian.ng/10 June 2019

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