The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has stated Nigeria wants a President who will act within the “opposite direction” to the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.
NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, disclosed this on Tuesday when he featured on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme.
Baba-Ahmed lamented that no Nigerian is proud of Buhari, even these inside the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, Nigeria wants a President who realises the necessity to rebuild the nation, safe Nigerians, and enhance the financial system.
“The nation needs a leader that would do the things that President (Muhammadu) Buhari hasn’t done, create inclusiveness, address resentment and frustration in other parts of the country and in the north and speak and act for everybody,” he stated.
Baba-Ahmed added that the 17 Southern Governors ought to cease threatening the North that their area should current the nation’s President within the 2023.
He boasted that the North has the type of inhabitants that places the area able of power.
He, nonetheless, famous that each the North and the South nonetheless wants one another as neither area can produce the President with out the help of the opposite.
He described the place of Southern Governors that the South should produce the President in 2023 as a menace and intimidation.
Baba-Ahmed has been criticised since on Saturday when he stated at an occasion in Zaria, Kaduna State, that the North doesn’t want to just accept the demand of southerners that the South should produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.
He stated, “Nobody needs to be a second-class citizen, certainly not the northerners. This country is not built to have second-class or first-class citizens, that is the beauty of democracy.
“What we said is that you cannot compel the North to yield to the southern part of the country, a right that has been given by the constitution, our right to choose and elect people that we want. If you compel us to do that, that makes us second-class citizens. Allow the democratic process to decide who becomes the president.
“We understand people who are desperate, the kind of people who say if you want justice, if you want equity, you must bring the southern presidency down but we say that is not the way to ask for southern presidency, you cannot threaten us (with) violence and intimidation.”
Baba-Ahmed stated the North had lived below Southern Presidents — Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan — since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, and had no issues with it.
He, subsequently, urged politicians within the South to not make the controversy over who succeeds Buhari to divide the nation.