- The presidency has responded to criticisms by the Northern Elders Forum
- The group had berated the Buhari's government of failing to protect Nigerians
- The presidency has fired back describing the group as a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership
The presidency has berated Professor Ango Abdullahi for his recent comments on the security situation in the country.
Abdullahi, the convener of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), had criticised the Buhari administration for failing to secure Nigerians.
Responding to Abdullahi, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, described the elder statesman as a general without troops.
Adesina said: “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.”
Despite the posture of the presidency, it is a known fact that Nigeria's security challenges have taken a dangerous dimension in the last few weeks.
In the northeast, terrorist groups like Boko Haram and ISWAP have been having a field day killing innocent citizens.
In the north-central, bandits have been attacking helpless communities and road users, killing and abducting hundreds of citizens.
On Sunday, January 26, armed herdsmen killed 14 people in Kwatas village in Bokkos local government area of Plateau state.
On Saturday, January 25, armed herdsmen killed a farmer and a policeman in Owan community, Ovia north-east local government area of Edo state.
On Monday, January 20, terrorist group, Boko Haram, killed Reverend Lawan Andimi, a church leader in Adamawa state.
On Sunday, January 19, unknown gunmen killed another pastor in Adamawa, Reverend Denis Bagauri, a cleric at the popular Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria.
On Friday, January 17, armed bandits struck in Rumache, Kukoki ward of Shiroro local government area of Niger state, killing their traditional ruler.
On Thursday, January 16, 14 people were killed when bandits attacked Babban Rafi village in Gwalli district of Gummi local government area of Zamfara state.
The killings have continued unabated and the government and security agencies seem overwhelmed with the situation.
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