The Presidency has described Ango Abdullahi, leader of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), as a general without troops.
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This was contained in a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, on Sunday after Abdullahi said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government had disappointed the country as attacks by bandits and Boko Haram are on the rise.
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“We are not surprised by this latest statement by Prof. Abdullahi, and our past position on what his group represents remains unchanged: a mere irritant and featherweight,” he said.
“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.
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“It is a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.”
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“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.”
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