The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has said the North has paid the biggest price for the “failure” of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking at the second annual Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism (RCDIJ) dialogue in Lagos, on Wednesday, NEF spokesperson, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said the country might get worse than it is because there is nothing to show in the present administration that things would change for the better before 2023.
He added that it is possible to have the country restructured if Nigerians elect into office a president that can do such in 2023.
“The North has paid the biggest price for the failure of President Buhari and nobody should attribute Buhari’s failure to Northerners.
“The people in the Northern parts of the country has the wrong person in office, because they are the first victims of the mis-governance of President Buhari,” Baba-Ahmed said.
“Nigeria is better and stronger together, and with appropriate, visionary leadership and good governance. We can turn our diversity into a great source of strength and a springboard to build a strong multi-ethnic and multi-religious country that will be the envy of other nations.
“As 2023 approaches, leadership is key and the focus should be on electing a pan-Nigerian as President; a person with the capacity and charisma to cast a vision for Nigeria and rally all Nigerians behind it.
“We need a selfless, sacrificial, sincere, broadminded, caring and capable President that will inspire hope and confidence in the country,” Okowa said.
Also at the event were acting leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Uche Onyeagocha, former member of the House of Representatives.