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Northern elders back Buhari, oppose interim govt

By Saxone Akhaine, Northern Bureau Chief   |   14 January 2015   |   9:08 pm  

Walk-rally holds in Ibadan

THE Yusuf Maitama Sule-led Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, condemning calls by some Nigerians for the formation of an interim national government.

   Meanwhile, in furtherance of efforts to raise awareness and promote the Buhari/Osinbajo presidential ticket to Nigerians, the Buhari Good Governance Initiative (BGGI) is organising a summit and walk-rally in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Thursday, 15th January, 2015 by 10am.

   Participants are expected to assemble in a musical procession to the Adamasingba Stadium for the summit. 

   NEF said that those canvassing for an interim national government in the country, rather than the successful conduct of the general elections are unpatriotic, while adding that the polls would deepen Nigeria’s democracy after the emergence of credible leaders.

   According to the elders, their support for Buhari’s presidential ticket was because, “he is a better candidate compared to President Goodluck Jonathan in moving the nation forward.”

   They, however, cautioned against any attempt to form interim government, saying that any attempt to disenfranchise Nigerians in the elections would be rejected.

   While addressing journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday during a press conference, Secretary of the NEF and former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, appealed to Nigerians to support the Buhari/Osinbajo presidency.

   He remarked that a vote for Buhari/Osinbajo would end the fear, impunity and destitution characterised by the Jonathan administration in the country.

   Prof. Abdullahi explained: “The Northern Elders Forum has welcomed the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as a presidential candidate who has better credentials to lead Nigeria out of its current challenges than President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.”



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