Presidency Rubbishes Northern Elders Forum, Says Group Has No Credible Membership

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The Presidency at the weekend described Northern Elders Forum (NEF) as a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader Professor Ango Abdullahi is akin to a General without troops.

This apparently was in a reply to a statement credited to the group and was signed by its chairman Professor Ango Abdullahi.

The Presidency in statement by Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity said before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Muhammadu Buhari, and its preference for another candidate

“Professor Ango Abdullahi on Sunday signed a long-winding statement on many issues relating to the North, and purportedly to the country.

“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 Muhammadu Buhari, and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together” Adesina said

He added that the 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” Adesina said

 

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