SPOKESMAN of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said Nigerians regretted supporting President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 against the former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking on Arise TV’s breakfast programme, ‘The Morning Show,’ on Tuesday, Baba-Ahmed said, “Is there any Nigerian who is not disappointed in President Buhari, including the die-hard All Progressives Congress (APC) member? Is there anybody who would not tell you he wished President Buhari had done much better?
“We raised huge expectations, we told people, ‘Get rid of Jonathan, put Buhari there, he would fix corruption, he would fix insecurity, he would fix the economy’ (but) look at where we are now.
“How can anybody say he is happy with the record of President Buhari, even the people very close to him would tell you that they wished he could have done much better and he could have done much better and he hasn’t.
“So, what we need to do now is to get ready to elect another president who would go in the opposite direction, a president who has a vision and a clear idea of what governance involves, rather than just being a president.
“So, I am disappointed and that is why today, I am actively involved in trying to see that a new leader emerges in getting Nigerians a new lease of life.”
He said Nigeria needed a president who would realise the need to rebuild the country, secure Nigerians and check the downward trajectory of the economy.
Speaking further, BabaAhmed said he was of the opinion that the southern governors should not make the 2023 presidency their rights but should instead negotiate as the North had lived under southern presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Jonathan, since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999.
“We have lived under southern presidents because we recognise that Nigeria is made up of sections, ethnic groups and interests. We recognise that, we are northerners, pluralism is in our DNA, we accept that, we live with it,” he said.