Buhari has lost some of his support base in the North – Ex-governor

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A former Military Governor of Akwa Ibom, Colonel Yakubu Bako (rtd), has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has lost a chunk of his support base in the North.

Bako, who is now resident in Kano, made this known in an interview with The Sun published on Sunday.

Recall that Buhari got 1,903,999 from Kano State alone in the 2015 presidential election that saw him defeat incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

But Bako declared that come 2019, Buhari may not enjoy as much support in the north as he did in the previous election.

He said, “In 2015, the attitude of the people in the region was “let’s get Buhuri and we would be able to have change. And let us not vote for the incumbent president”.

“As of today, I can assure you that with all the intrigues going on in the political landscape, Buhari must have lost some of his support in the North – when I say the North, I mean the North, North-West and the North Central.

“Certainly, Buhari has lost some of his old support base.”

Bako noted that this could be as a result of happenings in the country, including insecurity, which has made some people disenchanted with the present administration of Buhari.

He added, “Well, my guess is that it may be because of what is happening in the country right now. Do not forget that there have been a lot of killings and some people, rightly or wrongly, are associating it with his failure to…. Some people are feeling that he is not taking the matter as seriously as he would have done.

“And the issue of killings in the North is not limited to the North Central alone, even in a state like Zamfara, that is in the North-West, there are also a lot of killings.

“This has given the impression that he is not serious in containing these killings. And the seriousness is not for him per se to go to the front.

“The seriousness is for him to give a directive to those who are concerned to make sure that the killings are stopped.”

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