The presidency last night described the Northern elders forum, NEF, as just an annoying and semi-lightweight group with no reliable membership.
The presidency, in a statement issued by the President’s special adviser on media and advertising, chief Femi Adesina, compared NEF to a General without troops.
Earlier, the forum of Northern elders, in a statement yesterday signed by its organizer, Professor Ango Abdullahi, claimed that the lack of security in some of the Northern States of the country indicates that President muhammadu Buhari and the governors of these States have lost control over the protection of the people, which is a constitutional duty.
Reacting to this statement, the Presidency said: “We are not surprised by this latest statement from Professor Abdullahi, and our previous position regarding what his group represents remains unchanged: just an irritant and a Featherweight.
“The former Vice-Chancellor signed a statement under the banner of the forum of Northern elders (NEF). Hearing this name, one would think that the body was a conglomerate of true elders.
“But the truth is that the NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is the NEF. It is a quasi-organization that does not boast a reliable membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.
“Before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF demonstrated its antipathy to President Buhari and its preference for another candidate.
“They were all beaten together.
The NEF is simply waving a flag at half-mast. President Buhari has steadily and steadily focused on the task of rearming Nigeria, and astute Nigerians know the true state of the nation. They don’t need a paper tiger to say anything.”