Northern Elders Forum still General without troops, mere irritant --Presidency

President Buhari

The Presidency has reiterated its earlier position that the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) is a 'General without a troops."

The NEF had Sunday in a statement 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.

In a swift reaction to the NEF position, however, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, also on Sunday, described the forum as a mere irritant and featherweight.
He said in a press statement he signed, that "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) and Adesina went further to explain that "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."

According to him, 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," he concluded.

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