By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to engage and listen to the advice of many capable hands around him and ignore those aides not helping him.
Alhaji Lamido similarly told President Buhari that if he reflects on his political evolution from All Peoples Party (APP), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), he would know that the likes of Prof Ango Abdullahi and Hakeem Baba Ahmed and many more in the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) have been his loyal troops through thick and thin and have never abandoned him even in defeat.
Lamido, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said these in his Facebook post yesterday in reaction to the latest statement by the NEF on the security situation in the country, as well as the response of the Presidency through a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President.
NEF, in a statement by Ango Abdullahi, had rated the performance of the President in the area of security low, pointing out that the North will not support any government that has abandoned the region in the general elections of the year 2023.
In response, Adesina described Prof Abdullahi, who is the Chairman of NEF, as a soldier without a troop, stressing that he was a loner.
However, Lamido, in his Facebook post yesterday, said, “I urge Mr President to reflect deeply on the response in his defense made on the statement of the Northern Elders Forum on the State of Nation on Security by Femi Adesina.
“Sir, if you reflect on your political evolution from APP, ANPP, CPC to ACN the likes of Prof Ango and Hakeem Baba Ahmed and many more in the NEF have been your loyal troops through thick and thin and have never abandoned you even in defeat!
“The question you should ask yourself is why have they abandoned you in Victory to political mercenaries like Femi and Garba who are with you only for the pay?
“Sir, the issues they raised are real and each and every Nigerian except Femi and Garba share these concerns, even you as our C-in-C claimed not to be aware of our insecurity situation until the likes of NEF raised the red alarm.
“You need to also read the warning written by Elder Statesman, Bashir Tofa to Nigerian Big Men on the analysis of Insecurity in Nigeria, our Sub Region and Africa.
“I hope the General without troops Femi was referring to sarcastically is not you sir.
“You have many capable hands around you sir, listen to them, engage them. You are the man of the moment.
“Ignore Femi, ignore Garba, keep paying them if only for charity, but please secure us”, he advised.