Defend Tinubu Or Quit, Defence Minister Tells Baba-Ahmed, Other Appointees

Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, has called on Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed and other appointees of northern extraction to defend President Bola Tinubu and his government or quit being part of it.

Matawalle stated this Monday in a statement reacting the Special Adviser on Political Matters in the Presidency, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed on his official Facebook page following his response to Northern Elders Forum’s (NEF) statement regretting its support to the government.

Dr. Baba-Ahmed, a former spokesman of the NEF differed with Matawalle who claimed the group were “political paperweight” and a “burden to the region”.

Baba Ahmed in reaction said the position was “ill advised”, suggesting that Matawalle could have done a better job in defence of the administration without denigrating the group.

But the Minister said “Dr. Baba-Ahmed’s relationship and affinity with Northern Elders’ Forum is well-known. The fact now is that he is an appointee of the administration as Special Adviser and it is incumbent on him to work for the success of the government he is part of, protect and defend the government against unjust and vicious attacks from those who hide under ethnic and other primordial interests to heat up the polity for myopic reasons.

“It is pertinent to state that every appointee of President Tinubu, including Dr. Baba-Ahmed owe the government a copious duty to promote, elucidate and advance the good works and commendable efforts of the government across all sectors,” the minister said.

As appointees of the government from the North, Matawalle said “we must all take a stand, be unequivocal and be counted in the roll of honours for our support and work for the success of the administration we are serving.”

He stressed that this is not the time to keep quiet in the face of intimidation and misrepresentation of the efforts and achievements of President Tinubu.

“We must stand up to be counted for being on the part of government or take our exit,” Matawalle declared.

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