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Presidency Replies Northern Elders Forum: ‘You Are A General Without Troops


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.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
June 14, 2020

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