With few months to the 2023 elections, the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has urged Nigerians to vote for candidates with competence and capacity.
NEF cautioned Nigerians against relying on sentiments while sacrificing competence and capacity.
The Chairman of NEF, Prof Ango Abdullahi, urged Nigerians to jettison ethnicity in deciding candidates to vote for in 2023.
He spoke at a town hall meeting yesterday in Kaduna and was represented by the spokesperson of NEF, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed.
He stressed that the 2023 elections would show if Nigerians are determined to fight for the country.
“2023 election is going to test whether Nigerians are willing to fight for their country now or they are going to solve the problems of this country profoundly.
“Don’t vote for anybody on sentiment. For the sake of our future and for the sake of our grandchildren, let us save this country, we must vote.
“It is irresponsible to vote for somebody because he bears your ethnic identity, vote for competency and capacity,” he said.
He charged the government to ensure adequate security to enable Nigerians vote for their candidates.
“Where there are security issues that are preventing you from voting, the government must secure the people so that they can go and vote and we must vote for the right people,” he added.