The Presidency has throw a harmful attack on the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), hold up that the organisation is a General without a troop.

On Sunday, a statement signed by its Chairman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi (NEF) disclose that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an evidence that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have no control over the coverage of the people which is a constitutional responsibility.

However, in a hit counter statement append by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina says it was not a surprise by the recent statement by Prof. Abdullahi, claiming that its past position on what the NEF represents still remain unchanged: “a mere irritant and featherweight.”

Adesina statement read, “The former vice-chancellor signed the statement under the banner of the 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. It is a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops."

The Presidency recall that before the last presidential poll, the association, which it explained as a one-man army, had “shown its antipathy against President Buhari, and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together.”

The Presidency said in the statement that Prof. Ango Abdullahi-led NEF was merely waving a flag that is at half-mast.

It said that 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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