We regret voting for Buhari as President in 2015 – NEF

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said that it is highly disappointed going by President Muhammadu Buhari 6 –year administration performance.

Speaking on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme on Wednesday, the NEF’s Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed said the forum regretted voting for Buhari in the 2015 presidential election, instead of Goodluck Jonathan.

Baba-Ahmed 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.

“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,” added Baba-Ahmed.”

However, Baba-Ahmed is of the opinion that the Southern governors should not make the 2023 presidency a matter of disagreement amongst Nigerians, noting that they should instead negotiate as the North had lived under Southern Presidents.

He said that both the ruling APC and the leading opposition party, the PDP, have no answers to what Nigerians want in a candidate in 2023.

He noted that the “smaller parties” should be given the opportunity to field candidates with the character and capacity to lead Nigeria from all its current travails.

NEF nevertheless insisted that what Nigeria needs is a President who realises the need to rebuild the country, secure Nigerians and check the downward trajectory of the country’s economy.

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