The Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), and Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) have tackled Prof. Ango Abdullahi-led Northern Elders Forum (NEF) for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign without delay over the seemingly endless killings and kidnapping in the country, particularly in the North.
Reacting separately, MACBAN said that the elders should rather proffer a solution to insecurity and advise the government on the way out than call for the resignation of the president.
For SOKAPU, the position of the northern elders on Buhari was suspicious, pointing out that it was not too long they were shouting Hosanna in favour of Buhari even amid the killings and kidnapping of innocent Nigerians.
Expectedly, however, the Presidency immediately replied the northern elders, describing them as failed politicians seeking cheap publicity.
The MACBAN spokesman, Kaduna State chapter, Ibrahim Bayero, expressed his worry that the northern elders could descend so low to make such an unpatriotic call for the resignation of the president.
According to the association, the president is trying his best to ensure that insecurity generally comes to an end in the country, saying, “He is a citizen too. So, calling for his resignation from office is unnecessary”.
The MACBAN advised that, “The northern elders should rather proffer a solution to the problem and advise the government on how to go about ending these killings and kidnapping. They should not call for Buhari’s resignation”.
For SOKAPU, the call by northern elders for Buhari’s resignation was suspicious, untrusting and deceptive. According to its spokesman, Luka Binniyat, “We don’t know the cards that the northern elders are playing at the heels of a general election”.
“While SOKAPU believes that President Muhammadu Buhari ought to have resigned way back in 2016, because it was apparently clear that he lacked the physical and intellectual capacity to rule Nigeria, why didn’t the Northern elders tell him so at that time, or even last year?”, they queried.
SOKAPU also asked, “Whose agenda are these elders pushing?” adding that, “SOKAPU, being a strong family of the Middle-Belt, will not blindly jump into a project which is curious and suspicious after its people have suffered mass murder and destruction of genocidal proportion and the elders of that North didn’t seem to care all these years.
“So, as far as SOKAPU is concerned, Nigeria is going into a general election next year and Nigerians look determined to throw away every vestige of this retrogressive government through the ballot. Any attempt to use any trick and subterfuge to undermine the 2023 general polls through such dubious calls does not have our backing”, it stated.