Northern leaders have decried the increasing rate of hunger in the land. They have, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to work harder to fix the nation’s economy, which is currently in recession.
The leaders, who spoke in Kaduna at an emergency meeting, however, said that despite the current economic situation, their votes for him (Buhari) in the 2015 presidential election were never wasted.
A former Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spoke on behalf of the northern elders at the Northern Group’s Summit organised by the Northern Elders Forum in Kaduna on Monday.
According to him, if Buhari or any other northerner presented himself for Presidency in 2019, they would gladly vote for the individual.
He said, “Today, we meet in Kaduna in a vastly-improved security atmosphere, with the Boko Haram sect pinned to enclaves. Some will say thank you to President Buhari; we will say, you have delivered on one of your promises, which was to improve our security.”
The former INEC boss, however, reminded the President that there was hunger and starvation in the land.
He said, “We will not join those who say President Buhari should stop reminding us of a past that is haunting us today. But we will join those who remind him daily that hunger is stalking millions of homes. Inflation is making life difficult by the day.
“People are losing their jobs. Businesses are closing down. Infrastructure is decaying. Young Nigerians are losing hope of being employed. Our hospitals are full of people who suffer mysterious illnesses, and they cannot afford the fees.”
Baba-Ahmed said despite the current economic woes in the country, the North did not make mistakes in voting for the President.
He added, “So, those who are disposed to listen, please listen. Northern votes were not wasted in electing President Buhari.
“In 2019, we will also use our votes in a manner consistent with our interests as northerners. We did not make a mistake in putting up a solid, united front as northerners in spite of our ethno-religions differences.”
Few weeks ago, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Ahmadu Ali affirmed that Nigerians will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari if he decides to present himself for another term in office.