By 2023, APC Would Have Completely Wrecked Nigeria – Baba-Ahmed

 

The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has berated the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), over its management of Nigeria, saying that by 2023, the party would have completely wrecked Africa’s most populous nation.

He stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, lamenting that the next party to take over the helms of leadership in 2023 would have a herculean task of fixing the country.

While blaming the political class for the nation’s woes, Baba-Ahmed said the country’s current challenge is not just as a result of banditry and kidnapping activities but leadership failure.

“What are you going to do with 2023 because between now and 2023, APC would have completely wrecked this country?” he said.

“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?”

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Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country.

The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on July 26, 2021.

 

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down 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.

 

Buhari Has Failed Nigeria, We Are Losing War Against Terrorism – Northern Elders

 

The Northern Elders Forum has taken a swipe at the President Muhammadu Buhari administration over the security challenges in the country.

Spokesman of the forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said President Buhari has failed as the Commander-in-Chief and should resign.

He made this call on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, adding that Nigeria is losing the war against terrorism in the northeast.

“We are exercising our democratic right to say to a President that he has failed, he should resign. There is nothing wrong with that. Buhari was elected to perform the job, he hasn’t performed the job. We are asking him to resign,” Baba-Ahmed said.

“Are we winning this war or we are losing it? The truth is that we are losing this war because of an enemy that they described as anything else other than the equivalent of our military. They cannot be as good as our military.”

Nigeria More Dangerous To Live

Speaking further, he said living in Nigeria is more dangerous under President Buhari-led Federal Government.

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He lamented that the nation’s military is being overwhelmed as it is involved in fighting insurgency in the northeast, banditry in the northwest among other operations.

The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed on December 2, 2020 called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over the security challenges in Nigeria.

 

“Under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria has become increasingly more and more dangerous for Nigerians to live in.

“The military is also involved in the northeast. They are fighting bandits, they are fighting bandits. They are doing everything, both what they are supposed to do and what the police should do,” he added.

His remarks come five days after Boko Haram terrorists killed 43 farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State.

Following the attack on Saturday, many Nigerians including the National Assembly members called for the sack of the nation’s service chiefs for failing to tackle the security challenges in the country.

Saraki’s Chief Of Staff Dumps APC

Photo combination of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Chief of Staff, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

 

The former interim chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has resigned from the party.

Baba-Ahmed, who is currently the Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, said the APC has under-performed, hence his decision to exit the party.

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“This has been a very difficult decision, to leave a party I helped form and made my humble contributions to put in power. After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly underperformed, and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continued membership.

“I do not believe, in all conscience, that it should be trusted and encouraged to continue to govern our great country beyond 2019”.

He, however, added that his resignation from the APC has nothing to with the Senate President, but a decision he took after due consultations with the Akida Group, a pressure group within Kaduna state APC, which he is a critical member.

Although he noted that he will not join any other political party for now, Baba-Ahmed says he will remain active in politics, as this is the main avenue for salvaging the nation from rising insecurity, poverty, and bitter divisions.

Saraki Appoints Baba Ahmed As Chief Of Staff

Saraki Appoints Baba Ahmed as Chief of StaffSenate President, Bukola Saraki has appointed Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed as his new Chief of Staff.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senator Saraki says the appointment takes immediate effect.

61-year-old Baba Ahmed was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; London School of Economics and University of Sussex, both in the United Kingdom.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

He was permanent secretary at various times in the Presidency and later Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

He later became Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He is a holder of the national honour of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

The new Chief of Staff to the Senate President is a columnist with the Daily Trust Newspaper.

PDP Members Defect To APC In Kaduna

The wind of defection by members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has continued, this time in Kaduna state.

A former chairman of the PDP in the state, Yaro Makama, is among the dozens of party members who announced their defection to the opposition APC today.

The others include seven serving members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, and four former commissioners.

Kaduna is the home state of Vice President Namadi Sambo and has been ruled by the PDP since 1999.

The defectors were received by the APC interim chairman in the state, Hakeem Baba Ahmed at a venue located in Malali, GRA, Kaduna.

The former PDP chairman in the state said they were forced to abandon the PDP because of the injustice there.

“We cannot wait to be consumed by the political revolution that is happening in this country. The injustice in PDP is one reason why we left the party to the APC. As you can see, most of the people here are PDP members that have played a great role in its development.

“We cannot wait in a party that cannot provide infrastructure to people of the state. This is why we want those in the PDP to know that I hardly join a party that I know will not deliver. So by 2015 APC will win elections in Kaduna”, he said.