‘Buhari has been a big disappointment’ — Northern Elders Forum

Sep 22, 2021 | News

The Northern Elders Forum has expressed regret for voting for incumbent Muhammadu Buhari over former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections.

The organisation expressed dismay that Buhari had betrayed millions of Nigerians, especially APC members, who had put their faith in him previous to the election six years ago.

As a result, the NEF stated that the future President of Nigeria should behave in the “opposite direction” of Buhari, who is from Katsina in North-West Nigeria.

Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, talked on Arise TV’s “The Morning Show” on Tuesday.

He said, “Is there any Nigerian who is not disappointed in President Buhari including diehard APC people? Is there anybody who would not tell you he wished President Buhari had done much better?

“We raised huge expectations, we told people, ‘Get rid of Jonathan, put Buhari there, he would fix corruption, he would fix insecurity, he would fix the economy’ (but) look at where we are now.

“How can anybody say they are happy with the record of President Buhari, even the people very close to him would tell you that they wished he could have done much better and he could have done much better and he hasn’t.”

Nigeria, according to the group’s spokesman, requires a president who will go in the “opposite direction” of Buhari in terms of economic policies and security, among other things.

So, what we need to do now is to get ready to elect another President who would go in the opposite direction, a President who has a vision and a clear idea of what governance involves rather than just being a President. So, I am disappointed and that is why today, I am actively involved in trying to see that a new leader emerges in getting Nigerians a new lease of life,” Baba-Ahmed noted


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