Buhari playing up tribal politics to dangerous level, Northern elders warn

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The Northern Elders Forum has lamented that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is playing up tribal politics to a dangerous level, noting that many tribes in the country have alienated many tribes and people of the country.

Spokesman of the group, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed who made this assertion while speaking during an interview on Arise television on Friday, stated that the present crop of leaders have run this country aground.

He called on Nigerians to ensure that consideration of tribes does not determine the emergence of a president, governor, or any other leader in 2021.

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Reacting to a resolution by southern governors that the presidency should come from the south in 2023, Baba-Ahmed said the north is not opposed to the call, but warned that it would be setting a dangerous precedent for the nation’s constitutional democracy when the president has to emerge based solely on the part of the country he/she comes from.

According to him, Nigerians deserve a president that will carry all Nigerians along, and not a tribalistic one, adding that tribal politics are not good for the country.