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Presidency Berates Northern Elders Forum Over Comment On Buhari

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The Presidency has slammed the Ango Abdullahi chaired North Elders Forum (NEF) for saying the administration of Muhammadu Buhari lacked ideas to deal with insecurity.

Naija News recalls that Prof. Ango Abdullahi had stated that Nigerians have become poorer under the administration of President Buhari.

He said: “It has become necessary and appropriate, however, to make public, the position of the forum on important matters that affect the manner Nigerians live, and the future we must address.

“The forum regrets that by any standard of judgement, the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the nation in the vital area of improving its security.

“The relationship between insecurity and poverty is fundamental, but the administration does not appear to have any idea on what will provide relief or solution.

Reacting in a statement on Sunday Buhari’s media adviser, Femi Adesina, described NEF as a “one-man army”.

Adesina also accused Ango Abdullahi of showing antipathy against President Muhammadu Buhari before the 2019 election.

“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,” he said.

“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.

“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.”



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