Seventeen northern groups including the Arewa Consultative Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, said President Muhammadu Buhari and all politicians from the region who have held political offices underperformed and did not deserve the supports of its people.
The groups made their position known through a communiqué it released at the end of a Summit held at the residence of late Premier of the defunct Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Arewa House, Kaduna.
In it, they threatened to withhold their support for politicians of northern extraction vying for political offices come 2019 except such politicians changed their ways and north’s fortune changed for the better.
The communiqué read in part: “No northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general elections unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North.
“Most political office holders from the North are hereby served a notice that they have failed the test to lead the region towards economic recovery and growth.”
The signatories to the communique included Prof. Ango Abdullahi (Chairman ACF Political Committee/Convener, Northern Elders Forum); Dr. Yima Sen (NEF); Amb. Ibrahim Mai Sule (ACF); Alhaji Yerima Shettima (Arewa Youth Consultative Forum), Bello Suleiman (CODE Group); Mataimaki Maiyashi, (Arewa Research Development Project); Zannah Boguma (Borno Elders Forum); Nafiu Baba-Ahmed (Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria), and Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame (Northern Union) among others.