Presidency says Northern Elders Forum is a paper tiger

Presidency says Northern Elders Forum is a paper tiger

- The Nigerian presidency has described the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) as a paper tiger that Nigerians do not need

- Femi Adesina, a spokesperson for the president, made the statement on Sunday, June 14, when criticising the NEF

- Adesina said the group is quasi-organisation with no credible membership

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The Nigerian presidency has described the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) as a paper tiger that Nigerians do not need.

Femi Adesina, a spokesperson for the president, made the statement on Sunday, June 14, when criticising the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) led by Ango Abdullahi for saying the insecurity in some northern states is an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people.

Presidency says Northern Elders Forum is a paper tiger

The presidency has said the Northern Elders Forum worked against Buhari before the 2019 presidential election. Photo credits: Femi Adesina
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He described the Northern Elders Forum as a mere irritant and featherweight. He said the group is a quasi-organisation with no credible membership.

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The presidential spokesperson compared the leader of the group to a general without troops.

He said the NEF had shown its antipathy against Buhari before the 2019 presidential election and its preference for another candidate.

According to the Adesina, discerning Nigerians who know that the president is doing a good job of fixing the nation and do not need a paper tiger like the NEF to tell them anything.

Meanwhile, in a renewed effort to find a solution to insecurity across the country, the leaders of the National Assembly (NASS) have agreed to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and the service chiefs.

The ninth Senate, marking its one year anniversary on Thursday, June 11, reached the consensus to take the bull by the horn amid alarming rises in killing and attacks on villages in some states.

Legit.ng gathered that Senator Abubakar Kyari representing Borno North constituency moved the motion mandating the NASS leadership to meet with the president.

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Still on security, Nigeria's Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, June 11, said Boko Haram now operates in the country just like an industry. Lawan revealed that the terrorist group now has its members from several religions and nations, AIT News reports.

The Senate boss lamented that despite countless resolutions and efforts made by the red chamber, the insurgents are still thriving in their business of inflicting pain and striking terror in the minds of Nigerians.

”Boko Haram has metamorphosed from initially a group of maybe religious zealots into now an industry. It is an industry because what they do is no more religious, they are people from difference, not faiths, from different countries they go about as Boko Haram," he said.

Lawan said the Boo Haram problem has persisted despite the many interventions of the Senate.

In another report, Catholic cleric, Hassan Kukah, has lambasted northern Muslim elite over the proliferation of Almarijis in the region.

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Premium Times reported that the cleric said the Almajiris in the northern part of Nigeria have been “sinned against” and denied opportunities for social progress by the elite.

Legit.ng gathered that Kukah, who is the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kaduna, said on Monday, June 8, that the Almajiri has become a scapegoat for the multiple sins of the Nigerian state in general and some Muslim elite in particular.

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