The National Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has warned that Nigeria might sink if it did not substantially change leadership in 2023 by voting for well-prepared Leaders, not someone like President Buhari.
Baba Ahmed, while giving his assessment on where the country ought to be, during an interview on Nigeria at 62, said the quality of leaders that would emerge from the 2023 elections would determine its survival, not someone like the incumbent president.
The NEF spokesman, who lamented that Nigerians have been governed by “poor leaders” in the past years, urged Nigerians to rise up to choose well-prepared leaders for the country, adding that if the citizens do not get it right in 2023, the country may not survive.
He said: “Of course not! At 62, this country is supposed to be one of the best countries in the world. We lost our way somewhere around the 1960s and now. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of opportunities and made wrong turns. As a result, the country has faced incredible damage, which a lot of other countries may not have survived. We should be grateful to God that we have survived it; and we should be grateful to our patriots, who still believe in the need to work for Nigeria’s survival as one nation and its unity and economy.
According to Baba-Ahmed, “We must find a way to create hope among our young people. This is the most important task for any leader who wants to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari. We must have a leader who can inspire hope and confidence and a nation to work harder. We need one who can exploit our economic resources and build our values of honesty, hard work and tolerance.
“If we don’t get it right in 2023, I am afraid that we cannot just hope that in another four or eight years we will be lucky enough to survive this decline in every index of national life. I don’t think we can survive another decade together if we continue to go the same way we have been under Buhari”, he stated.