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Northern Elders Forum, its leader, mere irritant, featherweight, general without troops – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari
Prof. Ango Abdullahi

The Nigerian presidency has described former Vice Chancellor, convener of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), and ally of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Professor Ango Abdullahi, as a General without troops, an irritant and a featherweight.

Reacting to a statement by NEF, which criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of the northern states that are having security issues as having lost control and not able to perform their duty of securing the people, the presidency, in a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), said Abdullahi is NEF and NEF is Abdullahi, stressing that the body “is a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership.”

Full text of the statement reads:

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)

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