#SoundOff: Why Are Governors From No-Drop-Of-Oil States Obsessed With Oil?

#SoundOff: Why Are Governors From No-Drop-Of-Oil States Obsessed With Oil?

By Opinions | The Trent on July 14, 2015
Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State
Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State

by Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri

Governors that have no drop of oil from their states dedicate most of their time giving public lectures and blabbing about oil, oil, oil.

You hardly, perhaps never, even hear the governors from the South-South talking about oil unlike the governors from no-drop-of-oil states. It is this unrivalled obsession for oil wealth that makes fiscal federalism unrealisable in Nigeria.

Let these governors obsessed with oil revenues start thinking creatively about how to harness the abundant natural resources from their states. Let this covetousness, laziness and excessive noise stop, please.

Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri is a graduate of the Harvard Law School. She is on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author.


  1. That is how Borno governor woke up one morning to demand 13% derivation from the Federal purse just like the Niger Delta States. A state that doesn’t even produce sand!!! He wants oil from the Niger Delta to be exploited and sold and then 13% is shared for North East states because some criminals are going round bombing and killing people at will.

    13% derivation… the key word is not 13% it is derivation.

    Oga Governor Shettima, wake up and produce something, then ask for 100% if you wish

  2. I notice something rather disturbing. El Rufai has been parading himself as an “effective governor” and he is trying to shape a narrative for a presidential run.

    El Rufai has been governor for 5 minutes. He should focus on running his state, promoting economic prosperity, safety, and bringing an end to the killing of ethnic minorities (genocide) in Kaduna. Then we can take him seriously as a governor. As for president. LOL. Please find a seat. There is absolutely no way South West, South East and South South will ever support your presidential run.

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