Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has reacted to statement by Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, wherein she said that two powerful people were slowing her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance.
Abdullahi, while insisting that Buhari had failed and does not deserve a second term, pointed out that the closest person to the President, being Aisha his wife, has confirmed his failure.
The outspoken NEF Chairman said this in an interview with Sun, wondering why two powerful people who were not voted in by Nigerians should be allowed to hijack the presidency.
He added, “It is not out of any consideration, personal or whatever that we are saying that Buhari has failed.
“If one can say so, the closest person to the president is his wife. You are a journalist, what did she say, answer me?
“She said that two people are behind the slow progress of the government. Did we elect those two people? Answer me.
“Why should they hijack the government? Hijacking for good or for worse? So, what do you want someone else to say?
“Two people just hijacked the government and that is why I blame journalists for not helping to correct things in this country.
“You people are not trying. However, I know the problem of journalists in this country, and I appreciate their difficulty because they are all employees and their proprietors have editorial policies and once a journalist deviates from the policy he is kicked out, which is why many of you cannot talk on some issues.
“We understand that you are not as a free as other journalists in other parts of the world, you people should be bold enough to do things that are helpful to the society.
“I was in the University College Ibadan in 1961, and we saw our past leaders, they did very well, from then on we started to fall back. Our first generation leaders did extremely well when you compare them with what we have on ground now.
“Count them – Zik, Awolowo, Sardauna, Aminu Kano and others, they sacrificed, and left nothing behind materially, but can you see what is happening now, the leaders are working for themselves first, for themselves second, for themselves third and for the rest of us fourth.”