- As the 2023 general election draws nearer, northern elders say the region will not make mistakes made in the past
- According to the elders, the north will be more critical about who gets support of the people in the region ahead of the polls
- Convener of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi, also referred to the votes for the present government with nothing to show for it
Kaduna - The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said the north will be more critical about who gets the support of the people in the region ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Convener of the forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi, made the elders’ position known on Thursday, September 11 in Kaduna during the 2022 public lecture and book presentation.
Leadership newspaper quoted him as saying:
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“We will be more critical than all others over who wins our support. We bear scars from governance by one we substantially voted into power twice.
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Northern votes will make a major impact in the 2023 elections as well, but they will be cast to the people who are now wiser and more discerning.”
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In a related development, Daily Sun newspaper reports that Professor Abdullahi described 2023 Muslim-Muslim ticket for the presidential election as crudest and most unproductive.
He said it is designed to separate Christians from Muslims, Hausa from Fulani in northern region.
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Similarly, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, a former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned presidential candidates of the various political parties against further widening the existing gulf and divisions in the country in their race and ambition for 2023.
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In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, August 28, Olawepo-Hashim explained that in the quest for power by the candidates, rather than addressing issues that are relevant to our nationhood, the actors have been inflaming the passion of tribal and religious bias among citizens.
According to him, the supporters of the candidates are also driving their campaigns and marketing of their candidates via intimidation, threat, disinformation and blackmail, without any word of caution from their principals.
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On his part, prominent Nigerian Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, says he feels pity for Nigeria’s next president.
In an article he wrote and seen by Legit.ng, Gumi said the next commander-in-chief has to act “quickly and carefully” when he assumes office.
The prominent cleric warned that if the country's next president treat terrorism with kid gloves, insurgency will get worse.