- The leader of the Northern Elders Forum, Ango Abdullahi, has faulted a statement from the presidency which referred to him as a general without troops
- Abdullahi said his troops are the millions of Nigerians who acknowledge the failure of the president to secure the country
- Abdullahi had earlier raised concerns over the insecurity situation in some northern states
The leader of the Northern Elders Forum, Ango Abdullahi, has faulted a statement from the presidency which referred to him as a general without troops.
Abdullahi in a statement on Monday, June 15, said his troops are the millions of Nigerians who acknowledge the blatant failure of the president to secure the country, Vanguard reported.
Legit.ng had reported that Nigerian presidency 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.
Meanwhile, as banditry continues to thrive in Katsina to the detriment of residents, the presidency has given a worrisome revelation on those helping the criminals in the state.
The senior special assistant on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has said that some traditional rulers in the Nigerian leader's state of origin are actually aiding the bandits in their evil activities.
Shehu made this claim while speaking with journalists on Monday, June 15, Channels TV reported
The presidential spokesman revealed that most of these traditional rulers do this because they are benefiting from it.
"It is not that we are making direct accusations on anyone but it is also true that even in the president’s native state of Katsina, some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people," he said.
In another report, the residents of the Mazoji and Sarkin Fulani Fafu village have been thrown into mourning following the murder of the village head, Malam Dikko Usman, by men suspected to be bandits.
Late Usman was reportedly murdered on Friday evening, June 12, in his residence in Mazoji ward in Matazu local government area in Katsina state, Daily Trust reported.
Legit.ng gathered that suspected armed bandits turned the village into commotion as they headed to the residence of the late village head and killed him.
The late traditional ruler, until his death, worked with the dental department at Kankia General hospital.
Usman's brother confirmed the incident on Saturday, June 13, saying the late traditional ruler had unknowingly sheltered the suspected bandits.
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