The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Muhammad II, has called for a restructuring in the Nigerian system of governance, arguing that due to the present economic hardship, Nigeria cannot afford 36 state governors and deputy governors.
Sanusi said this while addressing guests at the inaugural lecture and launching of a N250 million endowment fund for the Oba Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance, Department of Political Science, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State on Thursday March 10th.
If you really reflect on the problems of this country, it seems to turn common sense on its head. You sometimes wonder if anyone needs to tell any group of people that if you are a poor country, you do not need 36 governors, 36 deputy governors, with members of house of assembly, commissioners and advisers, Special assistants, a president, a vice president, 36 ministers, special advisers, federal legislature and so on. Simple arithmetic will tell you that if you have that structure, you are first of all doomed to spending 80 or 90 per cent of everything you earn maintaining public officers.
It is really common sense but it seems to be a problem for us to understand it.