Why there are killings in northern Nigeria - Elders reply Buhari's critics

Why there are killings in northern Nigeria - Elders reply Buhari's critics

- A former Senate president has condemned the recent attack on President Muhammadu Buhari by some northern elites

- Ameh Ebute said stakeholders in the north have failed to play their part in the fight against insecurity in the region

- According to Ebute, President Buhari has showed his commitment in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists

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The Northern Elders and Leaders Forum (NELF) has said that the failure by its elites to complement the effort of the military with diplomacy is responsible for the recent killings experienced in the region. 

The elders in a statement signed by Third Republic Senate president, Senator Ameh Ebute, on President Muhammadu Buhari's effort on national security, cohesion and stability said, there has been a significant turnaround in the fight against insurgency in the region.

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According to the elders, President Muhammadu Buhari since assuming office in 2015 has followed the founding vision of Sir Ahmadu Bello on a secured and united northern Nigeria. 

Ebute said critical stakeholders including traditional institutions, religious leaders, patriots, civil society organizations and the youths have failed on their part. 

While shouldering the blame for not supporting the military enough, the group charged other stakeholders to put away sentiments and rancour occasioned by politics and personal interest. 

According to NELF, this is a "wake- up call to all interests in the region to put humanity and the collective interest of our region first".

Why there are killings in the north - Elders reply Buhari's critics
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The elders also expressed their total support for President Buhari while distancing itself from some dubious elements that have no sense of history or love for the North to malign President Muhammadu Buhari on the issues of insecurity.

The Forum said its members are appalled with the level of misinformation been peddled by some groups purportedly acting on behalf of the generality of northern people.

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NELF said these individuals are trying to exaggerate the state of insecurity in northern Nigeria. 

"There is no doubt that we have a critical situation on our hands as a people that require the genuine concerns of all stakeholders including traditional institutions, religious leaders, patriots, civil society organizations and the youths in addition to the various organs of government such as the police, military and intelligence coordination units," Ebute said.

Adding that those who are genuine in their concerns about issues in northern Nigeria would identify with President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to make Nigeria safe, Ebute said some of the unpatriotic voices are only heard on the pages of newspapers without any meaningful contributions to the growth and development of the region.

"Nigerians must do well to ignore these individuals and associations in the interest of peace and tranquillity. And it behoves on all well-meaning Nigerian to support President Muhammadu Buhari in this critical time of our existence," Ebute said. 

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that north elders had condemned the rising insecurity across regions in the country especially the north.

Professor Ango Abdullahi, the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) said President Muhammadu Buhari as failed as a leader in the area of Nigeria's security.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting in Zaria, Kaduna state, Abdullahi said President Buhari appears helpless in finding solutions to insecurity as well as poverty in the country.

Also, the presidency has described the NEF as a paper tiger that Nigerians do not need.

The spokesperson for the president, in a statement on Sunday, June 14, when criticising the elders led by Ango Abdullahi for saying the insecurity in some northern states is an indication that President Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people.

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