The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, says that President Muhammadu Buhari-led’s government doesn’t care about the people of the north, their economy, and security.
The Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Northern Elders Forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, during a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday and made available to NAIJASET, observed that “The Forum is deeply shocked by this information. Although it’s according to a registered record of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to matters affecting the people of the North, it’s nonetheless a bit of irrefutable evidence that this administration doesn’t care about the people of the North, their economy, or their security.”
The forum said it received information from those with responsibility for the reconstruction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway that works on this vital artery within the North wouldn’t be completed for subsequent five years.
“This project involving 375 kilometers of the foremost strategic highway within the North, and about the sole link between the North and South was awarded in 2017 and work commenced in 2018. The slow pace of the work and therefore, the consequent deterioration of the highway had made it the foremost dangerous highway within the nation and the most engaging to kidnappers who have resurfaced recently to compound routine losses of lives and billions in economic losses,” the forum lamented.
The forum said it had advised Nigerians, particularly fellow Northerners to not trust President Buhari with another mandate in 2019 because evidence garnered from his first term was strong over his indifference to and even disdain for our northern communities.
The forum said, “The only thing that mattered to him was our votes. This administration has just sentenced Northerners to a different five years to measure with many threats to life and economy on this important highway.”
In the meantime, the forum called on all citizens to boost their voices against this decision to still leave people that use this vital highway at the mercy of criminals and large losses in lives and assets.