Buhari’s Incompetence Sliding Nigeria Into Disaster – NEF

Northern Elders Forum(NEF) has complained about President Muhammadu Buhari’s level of competence, saying it is sliding the nation into disasters.
The forum in a statement yesterday by its Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed warned that the negative attitude of the presidency towards engaging Nigerians to tap into ideas, grievances and goodwill of many citizens who mean well is ill-informed and, under our current circumstances, dangerous.
“If our country is to survive its current difficulties and build a better nation, President Buhari must improve his levels of competence, awareness that the nation is sliding into disaster and sensitivity to the frustrations of Nigerians,” the forum said.
Dr Baba-Ahmed further said that it is now clear that elected people sworn to protect the constitution and protect the unity and integrity of Nigeria have decided to surrender to deeply divisive or outrightly irredentist and secessionist tendencies and movements.
He said “A plastic unity is being contrived to create the impression that the entire south is united behind shared grievances against the presidency and Fulani herders and all northerners who are cast as fair game in responding to all of President Buhari’s multiple failures.
“The NEF recognizes that most of these provocations feed from the widespread perception of a weak national leadership and a broken political process that has become captive of narrow political interests.”
Baba-Ahmed said the forum, therefore restates its support for a programmed transition that will eliminate open grazing and the establishment of productive, safe and sustainable options in managing our huge national asset in animal husbandry.
He said that it is unfortunate that the current efforts of the National Assembly to amend the constitution enjoys little or no confidence among Nigerians that they will address the fundamental challenges which need to be comprehensively addressed.
“Although this can be redressed if our elected representatives recognize the historic opportunities they have to move this country beyond its strangulating challenges,” he said.
Baba-Ahmed added “The forum supports a citizen-driven national dialogue and a campaign to get the government to accord its outcome the respect it deserves. The forum extends its hands to groups that genuinely believe that Nigerians should demand and design the type of country we want, and should not wait for people we elected to set the boundaries and conditions of our existence.”
“The nation needs to know that northerners in many parts of the south now live in heightened fear as they are profiled and harassed by elements in host communities who believe that there are no consequences for their actions.
“Northern governors should note that they are rapidly receding into irrelevance as desperate citizens chalk up their silence over multiple assaults in a country where they have equal rights to their security and dignity.”
He warned that other political leaders who take advantage of the limitations of the president to light fires should know that they will get burnt in them.
“Overwhelming majority of Nigerians do not want war or an end to our union,” he said.
“We just want an end to insecurity, escalating cost of living and the hate and the fear which our leaders are triggering. The forum restates its readiness to engage any group of Nigerians in exploring productive paths to a better future.
“The forum once again condoles the nation and families of Lt-Gen I Attahiru and other military officers who died in active duty. May God bestow His Mercies on their souls,” Baba-Ahmed added.

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