Insecurity: “Fish out perpetrators of Imo killings”, Northern Elders task security agencies

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has expressed outrage over the murder of eight people suspected to be migrants from the North by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Owerri-West local government area of Imo State.  The Arewa elders, in an issued statement by the NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, also called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the killings in the State. The NEF said: “We are deeply concerned over rising cases of profiling, targeting and killings of Northerners in many parts of the South. “The recent…

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Insecurity: Killing of Northerners in South-East must stop – NEF spokesman

The spokesman of Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has issued a caution against killing Northerners in the South-East region. Baba-Ahmed, who said targeting and killing Northerners in the region was dangerous, pointed out that such an action could worsen community relations in other parts of Nigeria. In a tweet, the NEF spokesman said politicians looking for votes should openly condemn such acts. He stressed that such action against Northerners must stop. Baba-Ahmed wrote: “Targeting and killing of Northerners, particularly in the South-East, should be condemned, and must stop.…

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“2023 elections most decisive in Nigeria since 1999” — Northern Elders

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has described the 2023 general elections as the most decisive since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999. The NEF spokesman, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, stated this on his verified Twitter handle yesterday. He said preparations for the elections are gathering momentum in the country given the rate at which Nigerians have shown interest in the on-going voter’s registration. Baba-Ahmed stressed that Nigerians would decide the fate of the country at the polls next year. He wrote: “2023 elections are the most decisive since 1999. They…

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“Don’t wait till 2023, resign, hand over to Osinbajo” – Northern Elders tell Buhari

The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign. Baba-Ahmed said Buhari should just resign now because things would get tougher. The former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Secretary gave the advice in reaction to the President’s revelation that he is eager to leave power. Buhari spoke when he hosted some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, legislators and chieftains at his Daura home in Katsina. Noting that he has less than a year left in office, the Nigerian leader assured that…

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2023: ‘Ethnic differences, greed pose threats to Nigeria’ – NEF

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has said that ethnicity and greed remain a threat to the emergence of a greater and better Nigeria, even as the 2023 general elections draw close. According to the Forum, which stated these in an issued press statement by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed on Wednesday, the conduct of politicians is a determining factor in free and fair elections next year. It lamented that the choices of presidential running mates which has been an issue with the ruling All Progressives Congress…

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Anambra IPOB murder: Northern Elders condemn killing of pregnant Fatima, 4 kids

…Warns against reprisal attack The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has urged northerners not to avenge the killing of a pregnant northern woman and her four children in Anambra State. The statement reads: “In the last few weeks, gruesome killings of people in States of the South East have escalated to a point which suggests that some factions of IPOB/ESN are now operating with unfettered freedom to wrought mayhem. “In addition to killings of soldiers, policemen, public servants and other citizens, these killers are now embarking on targeted killings clearly intended…

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“We stand on our call on Igbos to leave Nigeria, if…” — Northern Elders Forum

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), on Friday, said it stands by its old call on the Igbos of the South-East region to be allowed to leave Nigeria if that is what they want. The Convener of the NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, said these while reacting to a comment credited to the spokesperson of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, in which he referred to the spokesperson of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, as a security threat. The NEF also told the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to channel its energy towards contributing to the security…

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Secessionists Call: You have no power to ask any group to vacate North’ – Presidency to Northern Elders

…”We didn’t ask Igbo to leave region’ – Northern elders replies The Presidency has told the Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), that it has no right to ask any group to leave the northern region, just as it slammed the group for instigating a section of the country to leave. The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who condemned the utterances in a statement on Tuesday, in Abuja, said that such attitude and comments from the opinionated tin-gods in the Forum can only be inspired by “delusional…

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Presidency counters Northern Elders Forum, condemns call for expulsion of section from Nigeria

The Presidency has condemned the reported call by Northern Elders Forum asking a section of the country to be excluded from Nigeria. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made the condemnation in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. According to him, it is a delusional arrogance that will lead such a group to publicly state terms and conditions for the existence of Nigeria. The statement read in part: “We are aware of the latest statement from the so-called “Northern Elders Forum.” He…

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Tucano Jets Delay: ‘Military’s conduct, not Kukah, to be blamed’ – NEF tells Presidency

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has disagreed with the Presidency that the opposition as well as the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, are to be blamed for the United States of America’s delay in delivering 12 Super Tucano jet fighters for the Nigerian Air Force to fight insecurity across the country. The Presidency had blamed Kukah and opponents of government for the perception of the US government of poor Christianity and Islam relations in Nigeria, which had led to delays in the supply of fighter jets…

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