Chief Wantaregh Paul Unongo, immediate past chairman of the Northern Elders Forum has revealed that there were quite a number of northern politicians who could effectively replace President Muhammadu Buhari.
Unongo in a TV programme today said there were over a thousand credible persons who can lead Nigeria from the north.
“Former governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who is an engineer is there, the governor of Sokoto, who was the House of Reps Speaker, Bello Masari is there, people are even saying Shettima should be given a chance because of the way he handled the Boko Haram case in Borno.
“And of course, former Vice President, Atiku Abubaka, has already indicated interest but from my observation, if you narrow down the election to Atiku and Buhari, latter would still win,” he stated.
On former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to the president, Chief Unongo said the former president was being truthful in the pursuit of what he believes in what is the best interest of Nigeria.
“If you look back into recent history, he did similar thing in the cases of Yar Adua and Jonathan and he’s doing same to his fellow comrade in arm.
“I think Obasanjo is being Obasanjo. He’s truthful in the pursuit of what he believes in what is the best interest of Nigeria
“I think people should not react to his letter emotionally because he participated in bringing Buhari on board.
“I felt letter was an opportunity for the federal government to explain some of the strange things that are happening in Nigeria. I know Buhari and I worked very to bring him into power.
“We saw him with Idiagbon and he could decisions that were very patriotic and implemented them in the away.
“Obasanjo decided to cry out because Buhari seems to have being shortchanged by some people managing him.
”The letter seems to be a wakeup call for him to sit up,” he emphasized.