- The Northern Elders Forum has declared that they are power brokers in Nigeria's political environment
- The statement was reportedly made by the spokesperson of the influential northern group, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed
- Baba-Ahmed was said to have made the comment while delivering a lecture at the Arewa House in Kaduna state
Kaduna - The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) made up of Professor Ango Abdullahi, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed and others have stated that they are the kingmakers in Nigeria.
In a keynote address titled “Rebuilding the North,” Baba-Ahmed who is the director, publicity, and advocacy of the NEF, noted:
“We have a democratic system that progressively benefits only a handful of leaders and politicians, and leaves millions of our people to wonder how it could be the best option available to terrorized, poor people.
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“We have decaying value systems that breed evils such as corrupt leaders, armed criminals and drug pandemics, and encourage cheating and corruption as the only means of getting what we need.
“We have a huge population that is sinking into poverty and desperation in a harsh and unforgiving world.
“Every indicator suggests that things will get considerably worse in the near future. The cost of living will rise and compound the wretchedness of the poor. Armed criminality will continue to determine how we live and die, even if it could be defeated at some future date.
“Our political process will feed widespread violence as political competition pumps up every one of our demons to escort individual political ambitions. Our current leaders will continue to recede into their own world, mumbling incomprehensible fiction while they wait out their terms.”
2023: Northern group to draft Rotimi Amaechi into presidential race
Meanwhile, some amalgamated groups in northern Nigeria have stated their resolve to draft minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, into the forthcoming 2023 presidential race.
The position of the group followed the outcome of its meeting held in Kaduna state on Tuesday, January 4.
According to them, Amaechi, the immediate past Rivers state governor, had been a loyal member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and should be rewarded with the presidency by party members.
2023: Northeast group canvasses support for Orji Uzor Kalu
On its part, a group from the northeast region - Uzor Kalu Support Group (UKSUG) has urged the Chief Whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to run for the 2023 presidential election.
The group said Senator Kalu has wide contacts and acceptance across the country to run for the 2023 presidency.
The coordinator of UKSUG in the northeast, Mohammed Ajiji who said this in a statement seen by Legit.ng, added that the group believes that Senator Kalu has the professional and business acumen required to consolidate on the gains so far recorded by the Buhari administration.