Some elders and leaders in the northern part of Nigeria are angry and they have voiced it out.

While the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari basks in the euphoria of the return of over 100 girls by Boko Haram one month and a day after they abducted them from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State, some northern elders and leaders have added a sour taste to the jubilation.

They have presented a report card for the current administration and it is not one that gives joy. 

Their low mark for President Buhari has formed their rejection of the administration and his cronies ahead of the 2019 general election.

After the leaders met on Saturday in Kaduna, they released a statement insisting that the present leadership representing the northern region had failed in its mandate and, therefore, must be replaced by competent persons.


At the meeting were leaders of the Northern Elders Forum, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Borno Elders Forum, and Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria.

In the statement read by a member of the Northern Elders Forum and Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the northern leaders aired their views on different issues.

1.   Economy and Security Deterioration

They said that for almost three years after President Buhari was sworn in, the economy, security and political fortunes of the region have continued to deteriorate, a situation they said Buhari’s administration was doing little or nothing to remedy.

 2.   Weak Will To Tackle Boko Haram

President Buhari’s administration also boasts of its efforts to decimate Boko Haram insurgents, but the group has continued to attack communities and abduct people. 

For that reason, the Northern leaders said Buhari’s administration had not demonstrated enough strong will to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, rural banditry and herdsmen/farmers clashes that have claimed scores of lives in many parts of the region. 

3.   Poor Tackling Of Ravaging Poverty

Poverty in the northern part of Nigeria was another thing that the northern leaders and elders highlighted. They insisted that little effort has been made to tackle ravaging poverty in the region and enter Nigeria.

4.   Betrayed Hope

One other thing contained in the statement was that “since 2015, Northerners have occupied positions with the potential to make decisive differences in the economy, security or political fortunes of the region.

"The hopes that leaders who have exercised power since 2015 will reverse the abuse and neglect of the region in the previous decade have been betrayed”.

These issues raised then formed these decisions. 

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1.   All leaders, elders and communities should seek peaceful resolutions of conflicts between and among communities. Lives lost, injuries suffered, and losses incurred in any community must be redressed firmly and fairly.

2.   No Northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general election unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North.

Developmental issues and other challenges are not only in the northern part of Nigeria. 

In Lagos State, Bounce News found a community, Makoko that appeared to have been cut away from development happening in the mega city.