Buhari Has Put Northern Nigeria In Serious Trouble — Northern Elders

A northern group, Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has described Muhammadu Buhari as a regional president.

The group added that by insisting on a leader from the North, the region is now in serious trouble. Buhari is from Katsina State, which is in the North. He defeated the incumbent, former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 to get into office and was reelected in 2019.

But Buhari’s time in office has been characterized by growing insecurity, worsening economy, increasing debts, among others.

The spokesperson for NEF, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed said this during an interview on Arise TV.

According to him, the North’s insistence on having a president from the region in 2015 put it in big trouble.

He noted that Nigeria must move beyond ethnic, regional, and religious sentiments when electing leaders for the country to make progress.

He said, “We have learnt a lesson from the North about this tendency to say ‘only one of our own’. We are in trouble today because one of our own has put us in serious trouble. And if the North doesn’t believe that, they should just look around.

“If we can’t move beyond ethnicity and religion and think of one country and create citizens of equal rights, then I’m afraid all we are going to do is go in circles and keep repeating the same mistakes we are making.

“Leadership has failed Nigerians, not just northerners. What we are trying to say is that ‘don’t let us keep going back’. If this country becomes a hostage of primordial and limiting past, we are in trouble — all of us.”


Source: Sahara Reporters



Top adviser to Ukraine president survives assassination bid

A top Ukrainian presidential aide, Serhiy Shefir, narrowly survived assassination when one or more attackers opened fire on his car with a barrage of at least 18 bullets Wednesday. The attack took place on a forested stretch of road near Lesnyky village, outside Kyiv the capital. President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was in New York at the time of the attack, announced he would return to Kyiv after addressing the United Nations General Assembly later Wednesday.

Dozens of police fanned out to comb the area of the attacks for clues. Shefir, 57, who is very close to the president, was the producer on Zelensky’s TV comedy show, Servant of the People, in which he starred before being elected president in 2019. Ukraine wants to show Biden it’s serious about ending ‘oligarch era.’ That’s not so easy.

Born in the same industrial city, Kryvyi Rih, he, Zelensky and others co-founded the production company that made the comedy show about a humble and honest man who becomes president.

National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko said police were pursuing three main lines of investigation — that Shefir was attacked because of his state duties, that it was an attempt to put pressure on the country’s top leadership or it was an effort to destabilize the political situation in the country.

“Among other things, the involvement of foreign special services is under scrutiny,” he said at a news conference.

From New York, Zelensky promised journalists a strong response.

“Frankly speaking, I don’t know who is behind this, for now, what kind of forces are maybe involved in this, internal or external. But I don’t consider them forces, because it is weakness to send me a message with shots from the forest into my friend’s car,” Zelensky said.

Presidential aide Serhiy Shefir walks after the inauguration of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 20, 2019. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)
The Ukrainian president has undertaken several difficult reforms including cleaning up the country’s corrupt judicial system and diluting the sweeping power of the billionaire oligarchs over the economy.

Shefir’s driver was shot three times but survived and was hospitalized. Shefir told a news conference that the driver saved both their lives by continuing to drive for some distance despite being shot and that a tire was punctured in the attack.

“I think he was badly wounded. He was in great pain,” said Shefir. “This is a heroic act. At first, in shock, he tried to stop, but I think if we had stopped then we would not be talking to you now. I said, ‘drive,’ and we drove off.”

Shefir said he drives himself to work most of the time, but now he would start traveling with a security detail.