Presidency dismisses Northern Elders Forum as irritating paper tiger

*says Ango Abdullahi is General without troops

By Chesa Chesa

The Presidency has dismissed the allegations of incompetence levelled against President Muhammadu Buhari by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), describing the group as mere paperweight irritant.

The NEF, led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, had on Sunday accused Buhari of losing control of the security and protection of Nigerians in the North, but the Presidency replied that the forum in inconsequential and akin to being led by a General without troops.

A statement issued by Buhari media aide, Femi Adesina, on Sunday said that: “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.

“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.”

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