An organization known as the Northern Elders Forum has berated critics of President Muhammadu Buhari and concluded that the former military dictator would receive their support once again if he decides to contest in the 2019 presidential elections.
Speaking shortly after its meeting in Kaduna on Monday, the organization said in a communique signed by its leader, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed:
“Today we meet in Kaduna in a vastly-improved security atmosphere, with Boko Haram pinned to enclaves.
“Those who are disposed to listen, please, listen; northern votes were not wasted in electing President Buhari.
“In 2019, we will also use our votes in a manner consistent with our interests as Northerners. We did not make a mistake in putting up a solid, united front as Northerners in spite of our ethno-religious differences.”
However, reminding the Nigerian leader that things are not very smooth for citezens, Baba-Ahmed, a former INEC secretary added:
“Inflation is making life difficult by the day. People are losing jobs. Businesses are closing down. Infrastructure is decaying.
“Young Nigerians are losing hope of being employed. Our hospitals are full of people who suffer mysterious illnesses, and they cannot afford the fees.”