All seem not be well with camp of those that supported President Buhari’s Change mantra during the last presidential elections. Most are helpless.
The latest “Wailing Wailer” is former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Speaking to leadership of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Obasanjo expressed his incapacity to help them.
NULGE had approached Obasanjo so as to revive the constitutionally backed local government structure.
According to the president of NULGE, Ibraheem Khaleel, “The union came to enlist the support of the elder statesman in rescuing the local government system.
“As a major player in the 1976 local government reform, we are aware that the mission was to make the councils independent,” he said.
“But the situation has changed and the states have rendered the local governments impotent.
“As things are now, the governors cannot not do anything, that is why we decided to come to you to use your experience and not to allow the local government system go into extinction,” Khaleel said in desperation.
In reaction, Obasanjo stated that “There is no exception to this bastardization and encroachment by states.
“Even though both are supposed to be separate tiers of government, with each having its roles and functions.
“That is not the case anymore.
“I wish I could help, but I am helpless. As it is, I can only help you to shout and talk to the world.
“I do not have any executive or legislative power. I am crippled.
“But we shall continue to talk until those who are reasonable among them change this attitude.
“I begin to wonder if they (states) can allow what they are doing to the local governments to be done to them.”
The meeting came as a surprise to us as one wonders why Buhari was not approached by the group.