The Nigerian Governors’ Forum Letter To First Lady Aisha Buhari On the “Day of Judgment”

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum Letter To First Lady Aisha Buhari On the “Day of Judgment”

This is from Premium Times:

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.

Then the NGF responded. This particular section got me laughing:“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.” 

Madam First Lady, your husband is the president. If Nigeria does not have potable water, the governors are simply saying that Mr. President and the governors are jointly responsible. Yes, you cannot deflate this responsibility to governors alone since it seems even the governors now agree that a Day of Judgment will come, even though we may not have a Day of Fair Election!

Simply, tell Mr. President that we do not have potable water in Nigeria.

(Women – do not see this as an attack. I rarely go this far as I always focus on the primary politicians. But with First Lady coming into the fray, I think we need to let her know that Nigeria is still waiting for the promises, including free potable water).

Read the full NGF statement below

”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.

”For example, public schools in Kaduna have received a serious boost, aged women in Ekiti State are receiving stipends from government to keep their bodies and souls together, food security has taken the front burner in Ebonyi, Lagos and Kebbi States, unqualified Permanent Secretaries have been uprooted in Adamawa State and youth empowerment has taken center stage in Ogun. There are similar examples in every single State of Nigeria, all thanks to the hard work governors are putting into their jobs.

“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.

“Meanwhile Governors have also lent their voices to the social media Bill that is currently setting the tone for a showdown between the public and the National Assembly. The First Lady also made reference to the Social Media Bill in her speech at the NEC of the NSCIA.

“At its last meeting this November, which was chaired by the Governor of Sokoto State and Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the governors stated categorically that, because the Social Media Bill affects everybody, it is necessary for the National Assembly to consider holding a public hearing on the Bill before it is passed.”

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2 thoughts on “The Nigerian Governors’ Forum Letter To First Lady Aisha Buhari On the “Day of Judgment”

  1. One of the reasons Nigeria is known as the third world country is the mindset of people. We think that once a man becomes the president, he automatically becomes a superman who can do everything by himself.
    If the streets have garbage littered, it is Buhari’s fault. If someone commits crime, ii is Buhari’s fault. Also, he took power and Nigeria is not out of problems the next day.
    Really? He is not God that he could snap his fingers and make Nigeria a utopia.
    They dont understand the purpose of the governmental hierarchy. The responsibility has to be delegated and the right people need to be held accountable.
    Buhari is not free of faults for sure. He has great intentions for the beautiful country but intentions are not enough. He is not a leader who has the right team, or required influence on that team or even the required game plan. The team he has did not buy into his vision and hence do not cooperate with him.
    I wish that the people who wish to run the country would have at least some level of leadership and governance education and demonstrate their education at grassroots level before they can be issued a ticket to contest in elections.

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    1. Mr President is the captain of Nigeria. He takes all glory and faults. He has the minister of water resources under him – he can fire if the present is not performing. Thank goodness, First Lady knows we do not have water in Nigeria to drink, now, Mr President should know that.

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