Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed who is the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum says the group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to step down because he has failed to protect the lives of Nigerians.
Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed also stated that they had taken the decision following the killing of more than 40 people by Boko Haram militants in Zabarmari, Borno State.
According to him, in developed countries if a president fails to deliver on his promises he is required to step down.
He added that they had spent a lot of time negotiating before calling for the president to step down, saying “it was his fault that we made this call, we are not hurting him.”
“Life is difficult under Buhari’s rule, we are being killed from everywhere from Sokoto to Borno, from Taraba to Zamfara” said the spokesman for the Northern Nigeria Elders Association.
The call by the Northern Nigerian Elders Association coincides with the call by many Nigerians for the president, including Islamic scholars to resign his position as the president of Nigeria.
The northern part of the country is in a state of insecurity where people are always killed or taken hostage in the area. Addressing security concerns was one of the major promises the president made during his 2015 election campaign, when he was first elected.
But many Nigerians see his government as failing in this regard.
Militants, cattle rustlers and kidnappers have ravaged the northwestern states, while Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc in the north-east.
Kidnappings is also a problem in other parts of the country.
Borno State recently witnessed another Boko Haram attack on Zabarmari village where more than 40 people where killed.