The Presidency has blasted the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, claiming it has no credible membership.
In a recent statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, the association is just a 1-man show that can be compared to a general without troops.
According to him, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, who is the brain behind the group, has always disliked President Muhammadu Buhari and he is pained because the candidate NEF backed during the elections lost terribly.
He added that Prof. Ango Abdullahi alone is NEF, and it is a group that is just waving a flag that is at half-mast.
His words, “Professor Ango Abdullahi on Sunday signed a long-winding statement on many issues relating to the North, and purportedly to the country.
”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 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.”