The Northern Elders Forum has declared that by any standard of judgment, the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the country in the vital areas of security and economy.
This was the submission of the Forum at a briefing held in Kaduna on Sunday as they claimed the President doesn’t have any idea on what to do to provide relief or solution.
According to Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the Director, Advocacy and Engagements of the Forum, “It is shocking that in spite of unprecedented consensus among Nigerians that the administration requires a new resolve, approach and leadership in the fight against the nation’s multiple security challenges, President Buhari appears either totally isolated or in deep denial over the result of his failures to secure Nigerians.
“With this type of mindset, it is difficult to see how President Buhari can accept the challenge to radically improve his handling of our security situation.
“Nonetheless, we believe that Nigerians must continue to raise our voices and organise through all legitimate means to demand that the administration address major failings in his perception of our situation and his response to our demands for our rights to security.”
The North and 2023
While speaking on the position of the forum ahead of the 2023 Presidential election, the convener of NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi said the region will only support the presidential candidate with genuine commitment to deal with its problems and meet the region’s aspirations.
According to Abdullahi, “the forum has observed that political maneuvres around the 2023 elections are targeting the North as a region available for exploitation.
“We want to make it clear that people of the North will be very careful in committing to persons seeking their support on the basis of their region or wealth.
“The North knows its interest and will stand together to elect only persons who meet the standards and interests of the people of the North.
“No politicians should assume they are entitled to our support unless they show a clear understanding and a commitment to deal with our problems and meet our aspirations.”
In attendance at the meeting were: Former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alamin Daggash (retd), Secretary of the Coalition of Northern Groups, Abdullahi Usman, Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Bello Kirfi (Wazirin Bauchi), DIG Labaran Wurno, Alhaji Yakubu Shehu and former Managing Director, defunct Bank of the North, Hajiya Amina Yahaya, among others.
Northern Elders Forum Lacks Credible Leadership-Presidency
President Muhammadu Buhari will not have any of the criticism of the Northern as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina berated the forum saying it lacked credible membership.
The statement read, “Professor Ango Abdullahi on Sunday signed a long-winding statement on many issues relating to the North, and purportedly to the country.
The former vice-chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum (NEF). Hearing that title, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders. “But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF. It is a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops. ” Before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Muhammadu Buhari, and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together.” Continuing, Adesina said, “NEF is merely waving a flag that is at half-mast. President Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria, and discerning Nigerians know the true state of the nation. They don’t need a paper tiger to tell them anything.