Former secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has called all Nigerian governors parasites who embezzles the country’s treasury at the people’s expense.
Babachir who is currently standing trial for allegedly awarding N544.1 million grass-cutting contract to his company when he served as chairman of the Presidential Initiative for North East, said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
Babachir said that he will scrap state governments and allow only federal and local government if he had his way.
“I’m not a constitutional expert but I know if I had my way in the setup of this country, the governors in the middle are just parasites that are taking the major share of the resources that are supposed to go to states, they abuse it.
If I had my way, there would be federal government and local governments, such that the resources that are due to the state would be shared equally with the local government at that level and a lot of things will be done.
In the case of the federal government, we understand why it has to be federal government. There are some institutions that have to be national in itself. The army, for example, the federal police must be there, foreign affairs must be there but the states, we can devolve the powers back of the states to the local governments” he said
He also defended President Buhari over him being insistent on retaining military heads despite calls for their removal over rising insecurity.