Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, has stated that deputy governors in Nigeria must ensure loyalty to their principals.
Ganduje spoke on Tuesday at the unveiling of his book titled ‘Deputising and Governance in Nigeria’, in Abuja.
He stated that the book, which chronicles his experiences, is one of the defining moments of his life in public service.
“The history of relationships between some governors and their deputies in Nigeria since the first republic has been that of disloyalty, envy, betrayal, and mistrust,” Ganduje said.
“This should be considered as a matter of national importance, because the resentful relationship is unfavourable to democracy, national peace, stability and development, because when governors clash with their deputies, the state suffers.”
He said in spite of the situation, there were some deputy governors who worked well with their principals.
He stated that this shows that governors and their deputies could work peacefully toward the development of their people and the nation.
“My decision to embark on this imperatively and auspicious project is to share my first-hand experience in this thought provoking, fascinating and worthwhile journey,” he said.
“The book tells numerous experiences relating to principal and deputy relations in the Nigerian political system, reflecting the successful and evil times, the optimistic and the destructive relationships and their consequences for development, particularly on provision of dividends of democracy.”
Ganduje advised deputy governors to demonstrate convincing capacity to support governors in achieving set goals.
“Also, those deputising should be aware of sycophants and mischief makers who may set up several traps, which if triggered might injure the good relationship with his principal,” he added.
via: Information Nigeria