The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has slammed Nigerian politicians for travelling abroad to hold strategic meetings.
Baba-Ahmed was reacting to the recent meetings between three presidential candidates and some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the United Kingdom.
Naija News reports that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, had on Monday met with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and some of his colleagues in London.
Also, the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, in the company of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, met with Wike and Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) among others in London.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, also met with Wike and the PDP governors at the Carlton Hotel in London to resolve the crisis rocking the party.
In a series of tweets via his Twitter handle on Friday, Baba-Ahmed wondered why the politicians are meeting abroad instead of having discussions in the country.
The NEF spokesman also queried the costs of travelling outside of the country to discuss Nigerian matters.
He wrote: “Northerners are not the only ones in Europe and Asia. In the last few days, I saw Tinubu, Atiku, Ortom, Obi, Wike, and many others.
“We, they plan to govern, are the distractions? The deals they struck will be about how to handle us. Carve us out like carcasses, and allocate powers and positions and resources to each other. Then they come back and set us to fight each other. It is all about them, and them alone
“Then they come back to Nigeria where we live with traffic and insecurity to ask us to trust them with power.
“What is it with London, Paris and Dubai that make them so attractive to our politicians when they want to discuss deals or untangle difficult matters? Just think how much it costs to go out of Nigeria to discuss Nigerian matters. Do we make too much noise? Are they afraid of us?”