The Presidency in a press statement yesterday, described the Northern Elders Forum, under the leadership of Prof Ango Abdullahi, as a “General Without Troops”.
In a statement released and signed by Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, yesterday night, addressing the Northern Elders Forum’s earlier issued statement on the state of the insecurity in the North, he said:
“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.”
Femi Adesina went further that:
“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.” He concluded.
But the official response of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) is not known to Daily Watch Press up to this moment, as the press statement from the Presidency came late on Sunday 14th June, 2020, around 9:00 Pm.