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Northern Elders Forum A Mere Featherweight – Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari

The presidency has described the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) as a “mere irritant and featherweight”.

This was contained in a press release signed and issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, (Media and Publicity) on June 14, 2020.

Recall, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had in a statement on Sunday signed by its Convener, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, alleged that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people which is a constitutional duty.

Still a general without troops, Femi Adesina said that the Northern Elders Forum is a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership.

Adesina went further to accuse the National Elders Forum of harboring antipathy against the president after it was beaten alongside it’s choice candidate in the 2019 presidential elections.

The statement reads thus;

NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM: STILL GENERAL WITHOUT TROOPS – PRESIDENCY

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) in a statement Sunday signed by its so-called Convener, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, alleged that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people which is a constitutional duty.


We are not surprised by this latest statement by Prof. Abdullahi, and our past position on what his group represents remains unchanged: a mere irritant and featherweight.


The former vice chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum (NEF). Hearing that title, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders. But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF. It is a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.


Before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Buhari, and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together.


NEF is merely waving a flag that is at half-mast. President Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria, and discerning Nigerians know the true state of the nation. They don’t need a paper tiger to tell them anything.

 

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