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Insecurity: Presidency replies Northern Elders Forum, calls them, ‘a mere irritant and featherweight’

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the statement issued by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on the increasing rate of insecurity in the North, the Presidency has responded, calling the group, ”a mere irritant and featherweight.”

The NEF on Sunday lamented the incessant attacks which has left the North completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wrecking havoc.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the presidency described the group as a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.

“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,” Adesina said.

“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.”