- Says Nigerians needs to “elect another President who would go in the opposite direction… with a vision and a clear idea of what governance involves rather than just being a President”
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) says it regrets supporting President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 general election, instead of Goodluck Jonathan.
Buhari, according to the Forum has let down a majority of Nigerians who trusted in his leadership prior to the 2015 election.
Speaking on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme on Wednesday, NEF’s Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said, “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.”
NEF said the next president of Nigeria should be someone who would act in the “opposite direction” of President Buhari, saying, “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?
“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.
“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.”