The Buhari Media Organization (BMO), has come on hard on the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, for daring criticize the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The BMO which reacted to Baba-Ahmed’s criticism of Buhari in a statement last week, said the NEF spokesman is shameless and has only resorted to criticizing Buhari because he no longer gets favors from the President.
The NEF had, in a statement last week, said the north was full of regrets for voting Buhari into power as he had disappointed the region.
The group had also insisted that Buhari had failed in his core duties to Nigerians. But in a reaction on Tuesday, the BMO said Baba-Ahmed was not objective in his criticism of the President and should not be taken seriously by Nigerians.
The BMO statement which was jointly signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, noted that the NEF spokesman has “never been known to be objective on issues concerning the Buhari administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
“We are not surprised that Dr Baba-Ahmed has, again, resorted to verbal attacks on the person of the President under the guise of presenting an unbiased assessment in the midst of political hustling for the 2023 elections.
“However, we want to advise him and his NEF colleagues to be brave enough to endorse or announce their candidate for the 2023 Presidential election, rather than a resort to their all-too-familiar cheap politicking.
“Baba-Ahmed’s comments are largely a refrain of what he and his ilk had been repeating annually since he lost out in the power play in APC, regardless of what the Buhari administration had been doing to improve on what he met in 2015.
“We make bold to say that only a thoroughly biased individual, as well as an opposition figure, which Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is, would pretend not to notice general improvements in several sectors of the economy, including those that he mentioned in his media interaction.