Nigerians will continue to be cheated by state governments unless local governments are granted autonomy, President Muhammadu Buhari has stated.

According to him, loopholes in Nigeria’s constitution makes it easier for state governments to have undeserved control over local governments.

“The relationship between the three tiers of government is not a very nice one, especially that between the local governments and the states,” he said according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Shehu Garba.

“The states feel like they own the local government, if they are of the same party. It is worse if they are not.”

“This is a very serious constitutional problem and unless there is absolute clarity and transparency, the relationship will continue to be exploited against the interest of the ordinary people of the country.”

He then urged the leaders of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, to quickly draft an amendment to the Constitution and push same through the legislature.

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