The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has berated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for “shortchanging” Northern Nigerians since he became the country’s leader.
NEF’s spokesman Professor Ango Abdullahi in a statement released on Sunday said:
“Buhari has been contesting election in the last 12 years. He contested on the platform of ANPP, contested again on the platform of CPC in 2011. In 2015, the north rallied round him because it was aggrieved over the decision of PDP to field Jonathan in spite of the obvious constitutional breach that another four year term for him would have imposed on the country.
“So, given the fact that northerners had resolved that power should shift to the north in 2015 and Buhari’s past record and personal integrity, the north rallied round in his support irrespective of party or religious affiliations.
“Imagine, the north east which was ravaged by Boko Haram only got 3%. In terms of recurrent expenditure which is mainly paying salaries and servicing the day-to-day running of government, the north is also short changed because as at 10 years ago, only 18% of federal civil servants are northerners.”