Saturday, January 28, 2023

Northern Elders Forum Is Akin To A General Without Troops – Femi Adesina

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The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina slams the recent criticism of the President made by the Ango Abdullahi the Leader of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) who in a statement said, President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration had failed woefully with the level of insecurity in Northern Nigeria. Northern Elders Forum {NEF}

The NEF group in a statement had said that the incessant attacks and terrible level of insecurity in the north has been getting worse by the day with no visible improvement in sight. In the statement given by Ango Abdullahi the constant attacks by bandits and the Boko Haram, ISWAP insurgents are clear indications that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration “has failed woefully” in keeping the citizens safe.

Femi Adesina reacted to the statement where he likened the group to nothing but a mere featherweight irritant group. He said the NEF is nothing more than just Ango Abdullahi and has no credible membership. Femi Adesina described the former Ahmadu Bello University’s Vice-Chancellor as a General without troops and a leader of a quasi-organization that boast of no principle or norms of valuable worth. 

He wrote;

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.

President Buhari and AdesinaPhoto Credit: Getty

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