- The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed readiness to work with other regions to produce a competent president in 2023
- Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the spokesperson of the NEF, made the group's position known after a meeting on Wednesday, November 3
- The northern elders also revealed their position on the call for the designation of bandits as terrorists
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has promised that the north would work with other ethnic groups in Nigeria to produce a competent leader that would restore confidence in the system.
The Punch reported that the NEF's spokesperson, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said this in a statement on Wednesday, November 3, after a meeting convened by the group's leader, Professor Ango Abdullahi.
The statement read partly:
"The people of the North want to work with other Nigerians to produce a competent and committed Nigerian leadership that will restore confidence in our country’s capacity to survive and rebuild itself for the next generations.”
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Beyond APC, PDP, northern elders want emergence of other parties
Legit.ng gathers that the NEF noted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) dominated the nation's political landscape.
According to the group, Nigerians will benefit if additional options emerge ahead of the next general elections.
The organisation urged Nigerians, especially northerners, to register and prepare to vote for new and more competent leaders in the 2023 elections.
Bandits as terrorists
Meanwhile, the northern elders also spoke on the call for the labelling of bandits as terrorists.
According to them, the ongoing debate about labelling bandits as terrorists is a waste of energy. They submitted they would only support such if it would lead to improved security
The statement added:
“The Forum regrets that the argument over labelling bandits as terrorists is a waste attention and energy. If labeling bandits as terrorists will substantially improve the capacity of the Nigerian state to eliminate this expanding scourge, the Forum supports it without reservation."
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Meanwhile, Prophet Elijah Moses, the founder/general overseer of the Christian Leadership of Nigeria, has predicted the emergence of a president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
The cleric added that God revealed to him that the ruling APC will suffer a heavy defeat at the polls.
Elijah, however, claimed ignorance of the political party that would produce the president.