The Northern Elders Forum has encouraged the next political party in charge of national affairs to prepare for a challenging task of mending the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s ruling All Progressive Congress, according to the forum’s spokesman, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, would have utterly devastated Nigeria by 2023 due to rising insecurity and economic issues.
During an interview on Channels Television on Monday, Baba-Ahmed claimed this, as well as blaming the country’s ruling elite for the country’s failure.
He claimed that the country’s current problems stemmed not only from banditry and kidnapping, but also from a lack of leadership.
He said, “What are you going to do with 2023 because between now and 2023, APC would have completely wrecked this country? You are going to take over a country that has been completely destroyed by a party that has been substantially produced by the PDP and how are you going to fix this country? What’s your blueprint for what happens to Nigeria in 2023?”
Terrorism, banditry, militancy, and cultism, among other security issues, have been plaguing Nigeria in various sections of the country.
For more than a decade, the country has been destroyed by terrorism, a threat that has claimed the lives of over 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the North-East.
In 2016, the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) broke away from the extremist group Boko Haram and has since become a major danger in Nigeria, targeting troops and bases while also killing and kidnapping travelers at phony checkpoints.
On March 1, the insurgents razed a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.
Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.