President Bola Tinubu has lauded the Supreme Court’s judgment affirming the constitutional rights of local governments, emphasizing its critical role in advancing effective governance at the grassroots level.

In a statement released on Thursday, Tinubu highlighted the importance of the judgment, describing it as a reaffirmation of the Constitution.

The statement was signed by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

He noted that ineffective local government administration has been a significant obstacle to national progress, with governance at the grassroots level nearly non-existent.

“The Renewed Hope Agenda is about the people of this country, at all levels, irrespective of faith, tribe, gender, political affiliation, or any other artificial line they say exists between us.

“This country belongs to all of us. By virtue of this judgment, our people – especially the poor – will be able to hold their local leaders to account for their actions and inactions. What is sent to local government accounts will be known, and services must now be provided without excuses,” Tinubu said

He emphasised that the onus is now on local council leaders to deliver people-oriented services, ensuring that Nigerians at the grassroots feel the impact of governance.

He also expressed confidence that the judgment would allow local officials elected by the people to control local resources transparently and effectively.

“My administration instituted this suit because of our unwavering belief that our people must have relief and today’s judgment will ensure that it will be only those local officials elected by the people that will control the resources of the people,

“This judgment stands as a resounding affirmation that we can use legitimate means of redress to restructure our country and restructure our economy to make Nigeria a better place to live in and a fairer society for all of our people,” the President stated

Tinubu pointed out that the provision of essential amenities and public goods has been hampered due to the weakening of local governments.

He commended the Supreme Court for upholding the constitutional rights of local governments, particularly regarding financial autonomy.

He further described the decision as historic and a significant step towards strengthening Nigeria’s federal structure for national development.

Tinubu also praised the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), for his diligent and patriotic efforts in this critical legal battle.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting the principles of governance and ensuring a performance-driven system that benefits every Nigerian.