The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL has condemned some Governors who are lavishing billions of naira on bullet proof cars in their convoys saying it is insensitive to the plight of the poor majority.
Media sources recently revealed that some Nigeria Governors lavish billions of naira on bullet proof cars in their convoys, where the least of the car costs over N65m, with some Governors having more than two in their fleet.
The Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran said, “The truth is that government is being insensitive to the plight of the poor majarity. Government in Nigeria generally has no empathy for the poor but rather it protects the over-fed people in power and their cronies. The mode of governance is incapable prioritizing the pains and pangs of the majority who are poor over the avarice of the political class.”
“The governors rollicking in their limos and SUVs are akin to what we have been kicking against at the Federal level. Nigerians have overwhelmingly been demanding for the President to; sell some of the aircrafts in the Presidential Fleet, to reduce of overseas travel, to slash the humongous allowances and salaries of elected officials, etc. for the country to cut the cost of governance but government have remained adamant.” Adeniran said
“Ironically, virtually all of these Governors are yet to pay their workers’ salaries for many months in their various states. They give excuse of Federal allocation not being enough to cater for their states with poverty increasing on a daily basis while infrastructure and social amenities continue to decay. Yet the numbers of bullet proof cars keep increasing in their convoys.” said Mr. Adeniran.
Mr. Debo Adeniran concluded by saying, “it is not only insensitive, it is immoral for a governor to have more than two bullet proof cars in his fleet considering the abject hunger and poverty also with the current recession in the country. We know of great public officials in other countries who move around using the public transport system, either rail or bus, some even ride on bicycles! Our government must abandon their ostentatious ways and we must cut the cost of governance now!”
Media Coordinator, CACOL
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