Northern leaders have said that despite the economic woes of the country, their votes for President Muhammadu Buhari were not wasted.
They said this in Kaduna on Monday at a summit organised by the Northern Elders Forum.
According to them, if the President or any other Northerner presents him or herself for election in 2019, they will gladly cast their votes for the individual.
A former Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a keynote address at the summit said, “Today we meet in Kaduna in a vastly-improved security atmosphere, with Boko Haram pinned to enclaves.
“Some will say thank you to President Buhari. We will say, ‘you have delivered on one of yourpromises, which was to improve our security’.”
Baba-Ahmed, however, reminded the President that there was hunger and starvation in the land.
He said, “We will not join those who say President Buhari should stop reminding us of a past that is haunting us today. But we will join those who remind him daily that hunger is stalking millions of homes.
“Inflation is making life difficult by the day. People are losing jobs. Businesses are closing down.Infrastructure is decaying. Young Nigerians are losing hope of being employed. Our hospitals are full of people who suffer mysterious illnesses, and they cannot afford the fees.”
He said the situation did not mean that northerners were regretting their support for the President.
“Those who are disposed to listen, please, listen; northern votes were not wasted in electing President Buhari,” he said.
“In 2019, we will also use our votes in a manner consistent with our interests as Northerners. We did not make a mistake in putting up a solid, united front as Northerners in spite of our ethno-religious differences.”